The Great Barrington Declaration

20,000 medical experts say NO to draconian lockdown measures:

In just a few days 20,000 medical health experts have signed it, as have 180,000 members of the general public. I refer to an important new Declaration which gives lie to all the bogus claims we keep hearing, such as: ‘The science is settled.’ ‘Doctors insist upon rigid lockdown measures.’ ‘We must all stay locked up until we are fully safe.’

We hear these mantras all the time from fear-mongering politicians and the mainstream media addicted to panic-porn. But plenty of experts disagree — and strongly. Thus this brand-new Declaration which is spreading like wildfire. For those not in the know, Great Barrington is a town in Massachusetts in the US.

And as the signers of the Declaration say by way of introduction:

“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.”

Released on October 4, the 500-word document can easily be reproduced here in full, so here it is:

The Great Barrington Declaration

As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health — leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all — including the vulnerable — falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity — i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable — and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. 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.

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

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.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, United States, by:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.

And many of the other co-signers make for an impressive list indeed, with physicians, epidemiologists, disease modelers, psychologists, clinical microbiologists, infectious disease experts, biophysicists, psychiatrists, professors of genetics, mental health experts, immunologists, biostatisticians, structural biologists, professor of medical statistics, and many, many more included.

This is a very impressive line-up indeed. These are among the world’s top experts in their fields, and they have certainly debunked so much of the faulty thinking of the panic-merchants and those addicted to draconian lockdown policies.

We all need to sign this and share it far and wide. The website for this important document is found here: gbdeclaration.org

The Australian situation

The most draconian and longest-lasting lockdown measures in the world are to be found right here in Victoria. I have spoken about this for many months now. Because of our inept, bungling and out-of-touch Premier, we so far have 800 dead Victorians, and many more suicides and those with mental health problems, ruined businesses, massive unemployment, livelihoods and careers lost, etc.

And there is no end in sight for this irrational and damaging lockdown. The road map simply leads to a cul-de-sac, the goal posts keep changing, and Dan Andrews is concerned only about one thing: maintaining complete power and control. Andrews has effectively shut down our parliamentary system and has become a law unto himself: Dictator For Life.

He seems to be accountable to no one, and the “inquiry” he has set up is a toothless tiger with no powers to do anything important in getting to the bottom of all this. But we can all be thankful that a handful of brave and fearless journalists — primarily a few female reporters from Sky News and Rachel Baxendale from The Australian — have sought to get some truth out of Andrews at his insufferable daily gabfests.

For this they have been subject to the most ugly, vile and diabolical hatred and abuse from Andrews’ zombies and groupies. The threats — including death threats — keep on coming. These Danbots want all those who dare to question Chairman Dan to be shouted down and shut down permanently.

Another very strong and bold woman is Peta Credlin. She is an absolute champion. She has been doing top-notch forensic and detective work, seeking to get some truth out of the government on just who authorised the deadly hotel quarantine debacle.

She even showed up at Andrews’ press briefing on Friday, asking him some very hard questions indeed. It was good to see him squirm as his face turned tomato-red. Finally, someone is holding him to account and forcing him to deal with key questions. See her very important 19-minute special report on all this here.

 

If nothing else, watch the last minute of that video. She has said that she will go to Dictator Dan’s press conferences every day if need be until the truth fully and finally comes out. Bless you woman. Keep it up. We sure need more courageous heroes like you to speak truth to power.

She is going up against not just an evil government with arrogant rulers drunk on power, but she is actually standing against principalities and powers — whether she knows it or not. So she will need our prayers. You can be sure that Andrews and CO do not want her around, and we need to pray for her protection and safety during these dark times.

So please keep her and the other journalists in your daily prayers, and please sign and share this declaration. It is time for ordinary men and women who care to stand up and to fight back. Seldom have the words of Edmund Burke been so needed as they are now:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

[Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash]

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About the Author:

Bill Muehlenberg is married with three sons, and he is an apologist and ethicist in Melbourne, Australia. He has written several books and has numerous articles printed in most mainstream Australian newspapers, as well as being the main drafter of the Canberra Declaration. Bill has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton College, Chicago), an MA with highest honours in theology (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston) and is currently completing a PhD in theology. He is a prolific author, and a much sought-after media commentator; he has been featured on most Australian television and radio current affairs programs. Bill teaches ethics, apologetics and theology at several Melbourne Bible Colleges. He has his own blog, CultureWatch, which features Christian commentary on the issues of the day.

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