COVID: What we’re doing right...and wrong.

Several weeks ago, I wrote a bulletin article about the need for a special committee to investigate what our society did right and what it did wrong in fighting the COVID pandemic. I also suggested that those who participated on such a committee could not be politicians or members of any decision-making organization (i.e. FDA, CDC, drug companies, etc.) who might try to influence findings in a way that covered up poor decisions.

Well, I have good news! Jay Bhattacharya has already begun such an investigation that he presented at a panel presentation hosted by Hillsdale College. Hillsdale College was founded in 1844 in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Since I was ordained, I have taken some of their online courses in government history, the constitution and our founding fathers. Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, with many other impressive credentials that are listed on the website later in the article. His goal at the presentation was fourfold:

  • First, to present the facts about how deadly COVID-19 actually is;

  • Second, to present the facts about who is at risk from COVID;

  • Third, to present some facts about how deadly the widespread lockdowns have been, yet are being totally ignored by the media and policy makers;

  • And fourth, to recommend a shift in public policy.

The information from his first goal was significantly more positive than what has been reported by our news media and the CDC. If you want to feel safer during this pandemic, you will want to read the findings of his research (see web link below). But the bottom line is that the COVID fatality rate is in the neighborhood of 0.2 percent (vs. 3% stated by the World Health Organization).

Second goal: Who is at risk? Not a lot different than what we know. It is less dangerous than the seasonal flu for young children (2 to 3 times more young children have died from seasonal flu this year than from COVID). BUT, there is a thousand-fold difference between the mortality rate of young children and older people, 70 and up.

Third goal: Deadliness of the Lockdowns. This is a must read. He explains what we are doing wrong, why it is wrong, and how many MORE deaths which are coming that are related to what we are doing wrong that could have been avoided. Jay summarizes this goal: In effect, what we’ve been doing is requiring young people to bear the burden of controlling a disease from which they face little to no risk. This is entirely backward from the right approach.

Fourth goal: Where to Go from Here. Jay states: “Last week I met with two other epidemiologists—Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University—in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The three of us come from very different disciplinary backgrounds and from very different parts of the political spectrum. Yet we had arrived at the same view—the view that the widespread lockdown policy has been a devastating public health mistake. In response, we wrote and issued the Great Barrington Declaration, which can be viewed—along with explanatory videos, answers to frequently asked questions, a list of co-signers, etc.—online at ”

Everything I have presented was taken from the Hillsdale College website. I highly encourage everyone to learn more about these findings at both of these web sites.

We owe it to ourselves to take back our lives in a manner that produces the best results for everyone, but we have to educate ourselves first to make that happen.
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