‘Build up immunity to this virus through Focused Protection’

October 25, 2020

AVAILABLE TREATMENTS: “Coronavirus is a seasonal virus that causes illness and symptoms from December to April and for people that have symptoms, there are treatments like inhald steriods hydroxychloroquine and zinc. There is no need for the lockdowns; there is no need for fear, masks and social distancing for quarantining people.” – Molecular geneticist and qualified immunologist Professor Dolores Cahill.

AVOIDING SCRUTINY: “I know several colleagues who would like to raise their concerns about the impact of lockdowns but fear the consequences. A sad state of affairs but I understand their worries. To me this just seems so important, but it barely gets mentioned compared to lockdown.” – Professor Karol Sikora, Professor of Medicine at the University of Buckingham and former director of the World Health Organisation’s cancer programme and signatory to the Great Barrington Declaration.

A GROUP of infection disease epidemiologists and public health scientists have signed a joint letter for an immediate change to lockdowns policy because of the collateral damage it is doing to physical and mental health.

The definition of a lockdown, depending on what source you use, refers to the confinement of prisoners to their cells or in more recent times, confining healthy people and the vulnerable to their homes in the name of a public health emergency apart from being allowed to purchase essential items.

‘Declaration signatories include well known UK physicians’

Signatories of the Great Barrington Declaration who include Dr Suneptra Gupta, a professor of epidemiology who specializes in immunology; Dr Jay Bhattarchaya, a physician, health economist and epidemiologist from the Stanford University Medical School and Dr Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University and an epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Other UK signatories mentioned are Dr Lisa White, professor of epidemiology and modelling at Oxford University; Dr Matthew Ratcliffe, a professor or philosophy specializing in mental health from the University of York; Dr Ellen Townshend, professor of psychology at the head of the Self-Harm Research Gruup at the University of Nottingham; Professor Karol Sikora, professor of medicine at the University of Buckingham; and Dr David Livermore, a microbiologist and infectious disease epidemiologist from the University of East Anglia.

‘Lockdown leads to excess mortality’

They argue current lockdown policies are leading to devastating effects on short and long-term public health that include lower childhood vaccination rates; worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health that will lead to greater excess mortality in years to come. The measures are disproportionately effecting the poorest in society.

‘Doctors urge WHO to change course’

They are recommending that the World Health Organisation and others involved in dealing with the pandemic revert to a policy to enable herd immunity to be reached within the population and shield the most vulnerable.

Back on 11 October the WHO’s own envoy Dr David Nabarro had told the UK journal. The Spectator that lockdowns should not be seen by governments as the first port of call to control the virus. Here it is reported in the New York Post.

In their statement, they said: “Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

“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.”

They say vulnerable citizens such as the elderly in nursing homes can be shielded with staff and visitors having regular PCR testing and older people living at home can have their essentials delivered to their door.

‘Regular routines can be resumed if vulnerable are shielded’

They continue: “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.

“People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.”

‘Silencing critics is no way to conduct a debate’

One of the signatories to this statement, Professor Sikora, who is also ex-director to the WHO cancer programme said this on his Twitter feed on 23 October: “I know several colleagues who would like to raise their concerns about the impact of lockdowns but fear the consequences. A sad state of affairs but I understand their worries.

“Using intimidation to silence critics is an unpleasant way of conducting a debate. To me this just seems so important, but it barely gets mentioned compared to lockdown.

“If people can’t afford to self-isolate when they have symptoms, many won’t.

“The silence is deafening. Why isn’t it being discussed? The Government has its fingers in its ears, just assuming it’s working.”

‘There is no need to fear when we have treatments available’

Professor Dolores Cahill of the World Alliance of Doctors said a recent gathering of their professional organisation; “There is good news. Coronavirus is a seasonal virus that causes illness and symptoms from December to April and for people that have symptoms, there are treatments like inhaled steroids hydroxychloroquine and zinc.

“There is no need for the lockdowns; there is no need for fear, masks and social distancing for quarantining people. They are locking people in their homes for last year’s flu for where there is an effective treatment.

“We want to communicate this message to people there is no need for fear. I’m encouraging to get involved in new democratic and peaceful movements within your country to stand for election and remove the politicians that are actually causing more harm than good.”

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