A common misperception amongst those who support lockdown as a public health intervention against a transmissible respiratory virus, is that they only harm people in poor countries (as though that’s somehow okay, which of course it isn’t). Deaths and Lockdowns: There’s no proof that lockdowns save lives but plenty of evidence that they end them discusses the complex relationship between harmful interventions undertaken in the name of public health and the populations that such interventions are harming. The focus is mostly Europe and USA but it’s relevant worldwide.
Hartgroup’s Weekly Bulletin published yesterday covers UK-specific issues such as:
- There is no emergency : Covid-19 hospitalisation rates and excess data have reached pre-pandemic levels, yet lockdowns persist
- Is mask wearing benign?
- The futility of border closures: parliament enforcing £5,000 fines for those traveling abroad without a “reasonable excuse”
- Mandatory Vaccination being considered for all Care Home workers
Another excellent public health initiative out of the UK is the Covid-19 Assembly who this week launched a Covid-19 Deaths Audit which plans to “take an evidence based look at the impact of Covid-19… There is an increasing amount of evidence that at least some deaths have been misattributed. Prior to the Coronavirus Act, all deaths of a notifiable disease would have been investigated by the coroner. But that stopped for Covid last year. We believe that, in line with previous practice, every death associated with this notifiable disease should be investigated and that is our aim“.
Nick Hudson interviewed Sanjeev Sabhlok, an Indian economist who has been working in the Australian public service until recently when he resigned in protest at the pandemic policies of the Victorian government. They discuss the political motivations and outcomes of this crisis at A Conversation With Sanjeev Sabhlok.