Stanford professor destroys COVID lockdown narrative
(NaturalHealth365) Demanding for a mandate of a medical product that has known serious adverse reactions – reactions for which the drug’s manufacturers are not liable – is morally questionable, says many critics of COVID shot passports, especially when many effective COVID-19 treatments exist.
But jab mandates aren’t the only pandemic mitigation protocol that have been heavily criticized. Just hear what a Stanford University professor had to say about lockdowns.
Stanford professor uses data to offer strong case against lockdowns, warns of their harm to human health
Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Population Health at Stanford University. In June 2021, he spoke at the University of Salzburg in Austria.
Below are just a few of the points he raises against COVID lockdowns:
- Social inequality, inequity, poverty, and racism have played major roles in this pandemic – lockdowns have only made these issues worse
- Indeed, evidence suggests COVID-19 lockdowns and other measures are leading to an increase in many negative health outcomes
- Countries that used lockdowns early in the pandemic fared worse than countries that did NOT impose lockdowns, including Sweden and South Korea
- Lockdowns, face masks, and social distances are not being evaluated with rigorous scientific methods like randomized controlled trials – instead, governments have relied on forecast models to support the use of lockdowns, and such models are proven to be flawed
- As for those models … Imperial College London published two models analyzing the use of lockdowns: the more robust model showed that lockdowns had no benefit, but Nature published the less robust model that was more in favor of lockdowns
Dr. Ioannidis also points out that while COVID-19 has caused deaths, the pandemic disease is nowhere near as deadly as early predictions suggested. Current data indicates the overall global IFR is as low as 0.15%.
Notably, Dr. Ioanndis is not the only expert from Stanford standing against lockdowns. In a summer 2020 interview, Stanford biology professor Michael Levitt – who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 – had this to say about lockdowns:
“I think lockdown is a very crude, medieval-sounding phrase. I think closing schools, closing businesses, and places of work is not such a great idea and causes huge damage to the economy. It’s wicked to people in the economy because if you’re a gardener, or you own a restaurant, you can’t work from home.”
He adds: “[Lockdowns are] very unfair to the younger people and to the disadvantaged people – people have not fully estimated some negative results of the lockdown. Suicides, for example, have increased dramatically in certain locations, along with marital abuse, child abuse, and addiction. In addition, tobacco use has increased very substantially, which will end up killing people. For example, if people smoke 5% more, it would result in much more deaths than all the COVID-19 deaths by far.”
Speaking of adverse health effects from lockdowns: U.S. children are dying by suicide at unprecedented rates, says CDC
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among American youths, and the rate of child and teen suicide has been increasing for several years. But according to data released in June from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth suicide and suicide attempts spiked at an alarming rate during the pandemic.
According to the CDC, the number of emergency room visits for suicide attempts among kids aged 12 to 17 during the summer of 2020 jumped by nearly 25% compared to summer 2019. It was even worse in winter 2020: ER visits for suicide attempts rose by almost 40% compared to winter 2019.
Girls in this age group were affected the most severely, with February through March 2020 ER admissions for suicide attempts jump by over 50% compared to the same time period just one year earlier.
The CDC report states:
“Young persons might represent a group at high risk because they might have been particularly affected by mitigation measures, such as physical distancing (including a lack of connectedness to schools, teachers, and peers); barriers to mental health treatment; increases in substance use; and anxiety about family health and economic problems, which are all risk factors for suicide.”
So, what do you think? Are these lockdown measures justified or not?
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