The World Health Organization appears to be changing its tune as top officials caution against more restrictive coronavirus lockdown measures.
In a series of statements, top officials have cautioned world governments that lockdowns are not the end-all-be-all means for containing the China-born virus, and that such measures may result in more harm than good. Essentially, the WHO seems to be adopting the positions long held by President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and many others who have been excoriated by the mainstream press.
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said. “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.”
Nabarro went on to highlight the dangers of freezing any and all economic activity, including making the poorest among us even poorer. Lockdown restrictions have made it impossible for low-income individuals to be able to hold a job. Even “essential” positions such as grocery store clerks have come more competitive with more candidates vying for the same job.
WHO executive director Mike Ryan supported Nabarro’s assertions in a statement on Friday.
“What we want to try and avoid, and sometimes it’s unavoidable, we accept that, but what we want to try to avoid are these massive lockdowns that are so punishing to communities, to societies and everything else,” he said.
The UN agency isn’t alone. Thousands of public health experts from the United States and Europe have also turned against the widespread lockdown measures.
“The opinion of public health experts is changing very rapidly,” Stanford University professor of medicine Jayanta Bhattacharya told the Wall Street Journal. “In March, I felt alone. [Now] I think there are a very large number of public health experts, epidemiologists, and doctors who oppose further lockdowns.”
It appears the so-called “experts” are a bit late to the party. Never before in the history of pandemics have healthy populations been forced to quarantine alongside the sick and vulnerable. The solution seems to be obvious: allow low-risk individuals to resume their lives and attain herd immunity, and continue to protect the elderly and vulnerable. It’s what we’ve always done in the face of a novel disease…
So, here’s the real question of the day: will pro-lockdown Democrats “listen to science,” as they’ve been saying for the better part of this year now? Don’t hold your breathe.