Were the Lockdowns Worth It? Stanford Medical Professor Calls Them Worst Public Health Mistake in a Century!

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University is pretty clear. He warned that lockdowns are disproportionately impacting the poor and making wealth inequality worse and that areas that imposed the most draconian lockdowns didn’t see the most success in controlling the virus.

Bhattacharya said:

“I stand behind my comment that the lockdowns are the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years. We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation. At the same time, they have not served to control the epidemic in the places where they have been most vigorously imposed. In the US, they have – at best – protected the “non-essential” class from COVID, while exposing the essential working class to the disease. The lockdowns are trickle down epidemiology.”

The professor suggested that policies should have been designed to protect the vulnerable and not used to put entire populations under de facto house arrest.

Bhattacharya is one of the co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, which has received over 13,000 signatures from medical and public health scientists.

The declaration states that “lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health,” citing “worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come.”

A peer-reviewed study published in January by Stanford researchers found that mandatory lockdowns do not provide more benefits to stopping the spread of COVID-19 than voluntary measures such as social distancing.

After analyzing the data, the researchers found “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on case growth in any country.”

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  1. Roy Jones

    Lockdowns of healthy individuals were never a positive thing. You quarantine the infected to stanch the spread of the infection as has always been done. But this lockdown and continued drumbeat of scare tactics were used primarily for political purposes. Look at states like Florida and South Dakota vs New York and California and you find those who were opened up fared equally well or better than the ones who stayed locked down. Even today, the media and political class are attempting to keep the charade alive in order to continue control over the festering anger of the populace. It was wrong from the beginning to lock down the country and it is even worse today as the Covid cases have plummeted. Today, it is totally political in an attempt to continue control of the population by the political satraps who do not wish to relinquish their tyrannical control.

    • td

      Lesson. Why let facts get in the way of a good story.

  2. Norma Byrd

    OF COURSE! I’ve felt this all along but got labeled as abetting the conspiracy theory that it was a planned crisis to devastate personal freedom and world economy. It did both very well, so it would seem it’s no longer theory, but fact. It’s also nice to be vindicated by people who know how to disassemble the media’s’ fanatical defense of what turns out to be the most disastrous hoax of all time.

  3. Eijebong

    And yet countries such as Australia and New Zealand [who implemented ‘hard’ lockdowns and strict quarantine protocols] somehow (apparently) have Covid-19 infections under control.
    For some inexplicable reason their populations took the lockdowns seriously…idiots?

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