Someone needs to let Govs. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), and other power-drunk blue-state governors know that their favorite international health organization is urging states and nations to stop using economically destructive lockdowns as a primary means of controlling the spread of COVID-19.
The World Health Organization’s special envoy, David Nabarro, told The Spectator on October 8 that the lockdowns were causing more health and economic problems than they were solving. Nabarro stated:
We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus. The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.
California, Michigan, New York and other states have been in lockdown for more than six months.
Nabarro emphasized that lockdowns were having many unintended consequences, most of which hurt lower-income and poor people the most:
Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry, for example in the Caribbean or in the Pacific, because people aren’t taking their holidays. Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world because their markets have got dented. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. Seems that we may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents, in poor families, are not able to afford it.
Nabarro went on to appeal to all world leaders to stop using lockdowns. He stated what should have been obvious to governments long ago: This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe, actually.
WATCH: Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s Special Envoy on Covid-19, tells Andrew Neil: ‘We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method’. Watch the full interview here: https://t.co/XLdaedsKVS #SpectatorTV @afneil | @davidnabarro pic.twitter.com/1M4xf3VnXQ
— The Spectator (@spectator) October 9, 2020
Nabarro’s appeal follows The Great Barrington Declaration, signed on October 4th, by thousands of scientists, epidemiologists, and physicians stating that lockdowns should end for people that are healthy. Doctors from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford are among the signatories.
In the Declaration, they advocate for increased herd immunity which will help protect the more vulnerable population through natural infection rates and recoveries that deprive the virus of hosts which in turn reduces the circulation of the virus eventually to zero.
The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.
In order to achieve that “herd immunity” as soon as possible, the signatories urge the return to normal life.
Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed.
Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume.
It remains to be seen if the WHO’s declaration will have any effect on governors that have grown used to the control over their citizens that coronavirus lockdowns give them.