As Britain enters a second severe COVID lockdown, that may extend over Christmas, two of Britain’s leading epidemiologists state that lockdowns are not the answer and are calling for them to be ended.
Instead, the government should focus on protecting those most vulnerable to the virus and isolating those with severe cases. They also suggest the current testing is turning into scare mongering and does not reveal what is really happening with the Coronavirus.
In an article for the Daily Mail, Dr. Tom Jefferson and Professor Carl Henneghan write:
You could be forgiven for thinking that the situation we now face is as clear as it possibly could be – and that it is becoming more dangerous by the day. The virus, we are told, is out of control, that Britain is heading for 3,000 to 4,000 deaths a day by Christmas, and that our hospitals are on the edge of catastrophe.
Yet we believe the situation is not at all clear. There are only two things about which we can be certain: first, that lockdowns do not work in the long term. They kick the can down the road. The idea that a month of economic hardship will permit some sort of ‘reset’, allowing us a brighter future, is a myth. What, when it ends, do we think will happen? Meanwhile, ever-increasing restrictions will destroy lives and livelihoods.
The second certainty is this: that we need to find a way out of the mess that does no more damage than the virus itself. …
Our strategy would be to tackle the four key failings. We must address the problems in the Government’s mass testing programme; we must tackle the blight of confused and contradictory statistics; we must make real efforts to protect and isolate those who are vulnerable; and we must inform the public about the true and quantifiable costs of lockdown (as if they needed telling).
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