Dr. Donald Henderson, eradicator of smallpox (Inglesby, Nuzzo, O’Toole), wrote this key paragraph in a 2006 publication: “There are no historical observations or scientific studies that support the confinement by quarantine of groups of possibly infected people for extended periods in order to slow the spread of influenza; forced isolation and quarantine are ineffective and impractical.”
“The negative consequences of large-scale quarantine are so extreme (forced confinement of sick people with the well; complete restriction of movement of large populations; difficulty in getting critical supplies, medicines, and food to people inside the quarantine zone) that this mitigation measure should be eliminated from serious consideration.”
Based on actuarial and real-time data, we know that these unprecedented lockdowns and school closures cause tremendous harm.
These strategies have devastated the most vulnerable among us – the poor – who are now worse off. It has hit the African-American, Latino, and South Asian communities devastatingly. Lockdowns, and especially the extended ones, have been deeply destructive.
There is absolutely no reason even to quarantine those up to 70 years old. Readily accessible data show a near 100% probability of survival from COVID-19 for those 70 and under. This is why the young and healthiest among us should be ‘allowed’ to become infected naturally and spread the virus among themselves.
This is not heresy. It is classic biology and modern public health medicine! And yes, we are referring to ‘herd immunity,’ the latter condition which, for reasons that are beyond logic, is being touted as a dangerous policy even though herd immunity has protected us from millions of viruses for tens of thousands of years.
Those in the low to no-risk categories must live reasonably normal lives with sensible common-sense precautions (while doubling and tripling down with strong protections of the high-risk persons and vulnerable elderly), and they can become a case ‘naturally’ as they are at almost zero risk of subsequent illness or death.
This approach could have helped bring the pandemic to an end much more rapidly, as noted above, and we also hold that the immunity developed from a natural infection is likely much more robust and stable than anything that could be developed from a vaccine. In following this optimal approach, we will actually protect the highest at-risk among us.
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