More than 10,000 scientists have signed the Barrington Grand Declaration, a petition that suggests that COVID-19 blockades “produce devastating effects on short-term and long-term public health.”
The Great Barrington Declaration, named after the city of Massachusetts in which it was signed, currently has the signatures of 10,233 health and public health scientists, 27,860 doctors and 504,875 interested citizens.
The number of signatures received from the declaration has been increasing since October 7, when it had the signatures of at least 2,826 medical and public health scientists, 3,794 doctors and more than 60,000 members of the general public.
Co-authors of the petition include Dr. Martin Culdorf, a professor of medicine at Harvard University, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, a professor at Oxford University, and an epidemiologist with experience in immunology, vaccine development and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Jay Batacharya, a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine.
When the petition began, the authors explained that “As infectious epidemiologists and public health scientists, we have serious concerns about the detrimental effects on physical and mental health of the prevailing COVID-1
“Coming from the left, the right and the world, we have dedicated our careers to protecting people. Current blocking policies are having devastating effects on short-term and long-term public health,” the petition said.
According to the petition, the authors believe that the current blockades – introduced to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus – have caused “lower levels of childhood vaccination, worsening cardiovascular outcomes, less cancer screening and deteriorating mental health.” “, which lead to greater unnecessary mortality in the near future.
“As immunity builds up in the population, the risk of infection for all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach immunity to the herd,” the petition said. “Our goal must therefore be to minimize mortality and social damage until we reach herd immunity.”
While the petition states that “the adoption of measures to protect the vulnerable must be the central objective of COVID-19’s public health responses”, it also notes that “those who are not vulnerable should be immediately allowed to resume their lives as usual. “
Despite the declaration, which suggests that mortality and social damage should be kept to a minimum until the herd’s immunity is achieved, one of the co-authors, Dr Martin Kuldorf, said earlier Newsweek by email that they “do not advocate for a ‘herd immunity strategy’.”
“Herd immunity is not a strategy, but a scientifically proven phenomenon, similar to gravity, and you wouldn’t say that an airplane pilot uses a ‘gravity strategy’ to land an airplane. No matter what strategy is used, we’ll get to herd immunity sooner or later. “Just as the plane will reach the ground in one way or another,” Culdorf said.
Dr. Jay Bhatacarya, another co-author, also spoke Newsweek that “In our letter, we call for a targeted protection plan that uses our significant resources to protect the vulnerable (especially the elderly and others who are at high risk of death if they become infected), while raising the general blockade. people who face a very low risk of death from COVID-19 infection. “
Newsweek turned to Dr. Sunera Gupta for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.