Dr. Roger Hodkinson is a Cambridge-trained pathologist (includes virology) working in Canada. He recently made a presentation to the Edmonton City Council, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, that was considering extending its COVID-1984 mask mandate. He described the reaction to COVID, the lockdowns and mask demands, as “utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians.”
Before starting his presentation, Hodkinson first laid out his credentials.
He said he is a medical specialist in pathology, which includes virology, who trained at Cambridge University in England. A Royal College certified pathologist in Canada, he is the former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons committee in Ottawa. Hodkinson served as CEO of a large private medical laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta, and now runs MutantDx, a molecular diagnostics company in North Carolina that provides COVID-19 tests.
Hodkinson warned that what he was about to say was “lay language and blunt” and “counter-narrative.”
“There is absolutely nothing that can be done to contain this virus other than protecting older, more vulnerable people,” he said.
“It should be thought of as nothing other than a bad flu season,” said Hodkinson. “This is not ebola. It’s not SARS.”
The reaction to the coronavirus is “politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”
The CBC also reported on the Edmonton meeting:
City councillors got a steady stream of criticism at a community and public services committee Friday about the city’s move to extend its face-covering bylaw.
The Great Barrington Declaration
This is basically the message of the Great Barrington Declaration where thousands of medical practitioners and researchers, including virologists, are calling for an end of the lockdowns because they are causing more damage, than the virus they are supposed to be fighting.
The Declaration reads in part:
As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.
Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.
- On Oct. 7, 2020, 2,600 medical practitioners had signed the declaration. On Nov. 19, 2020, the number had surged to: 35,149 signees
- On Oct. 7, 2020, 2,400 medical epidemiologists/researchers (all verified before being added) had signed the Declaration. On Nov. 19, 2020, the number had increased by nearly 600% and sits at: 12,098 signees
For more information READ: Great Barrington Declaration