FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) is reporting that while the mainstream media is fearmongering over the Delta COVID variant, and health officials are airing dire warnings about a return to lockdowns and masks, a couple professors at Harvard and Stanford are wondering why.
This is because the number of people dying from COVID is now lower than the moment when governments were deciding to wind down the lockdowns, because of dropping COVID deaths.
Harvard Medical School Professor Martin Kulldorff tweeted:
It is uncertain what has changed, but over the past several months activists have been pushing the idea of ‘Zero COVID’, meaning that the lockdowns should only end once there are no more COVID cases. This will never happen, so essentially they are pushing for permanent lockdowns. READ: Zero Covid: What is it and why is it suddenly so popular
And pressure from these activists may be pushing governments to take more extreme measures. READ: What Australia’s new lockdowns reveal about a ‘zero Covid strategy’
FEE adds though there are areas of the country reporting an increase in COVID cases because of Delta, this is not resulting in a corresponding increase in deaths. This is largely due to vaccinations that are resulting in people having either mild cases or even being asymptomatic, despite testing positive.
As FEE noted, “high case counts are not necessarily proof of a serious problem.”
In an interview with FEE, Stanford Professor of Medicine Dr. Jay Bhattacharya said:
“By immunizing the elderly and many other vulnerable people, we have provided them with excellent protection against severe disease in case they get infected. Also contributing is widespread natural immunity from recovered COVID patients. Though cases may rise, deaths will no longer follow in proportion. We have effectively defanged the disease with our successful vaccination rollout.”