The US state of Florida, perhaps even more than Sweden, has upset the Lockdown Applecart.
Ron DeSantis vs The “Party of Science”, written by Christina Pushaw, summarises the politics, opportunism and deceit of people using the pandemic for personal gain and the ways in which DeSantis has been maligned for following established public health rather than pro-lockdown absurdity.
On Thursday 18 March Governor DeSantis held a roundtable discussion on public health with four of the world’s most esteemed public health experts (Sunetra Gupta, Scott Atlas, Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya). These four supported DeSantis in his transition of Florida out of Lockdown towards a Focused Protection pandemic response, five months ago. The discussion, 1 hour and 45 minutes, was recorded on The Florida Channel.
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, HART Group have published their document COVID-19 Response: An Overview of the Evidence providing a well written series of summaries about the muliple aspects of the pandemic from a UK-specific perspective.
The data is in: lockdowns serve no useful purpose and cause catastrophic societal and economic harms. They must never be repeated in this country.
The ‘sunk cost fallacy’ is a well known one. World War 1 is the classic example. By Christmas 1914 it was obvious to all that the war was a catastrophe, but to admit this was to admit that all the lives lost had been lost pointlessly. And no country would confess that.
However, after a year of pain, suffering and enormous loss, the UK must reach for new solutions to the COVID-19 problem and any future respiratory disease outbreaks. We must learn from errors, acknowledge the harms of the measures we have taken and account for them moving forward. We now need a more holistic, measured approach.
Many international studies bear out that lockdowns have proven to be a complete failure as a public health measure to contain a respiratory virus. They did not succeed in their primary objective of containing spread yet have caused great harm.http://www.hartgroup.org
Health Advisory and Recovery Team (UK)