For­est sup­ports a dan­ger­ous fal­lacy

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Lt. Gov. Dan For­est has in­di­cated his sup­port for the Great Bar­ring­ton Dec­la­ra­tion, an in­ter­net let­ter that pro­motes stop­ping all COVID-19 con­trol mea­sures ex­cept for the most vul­ner­a­ble people.

The In­fec­tious Dis­ease So­ci­ety of Amer­ica called the let­ter “in­ap­pro­pri­ate, Ir­re­spon­si­ble and ill-in­formed.” The Lancet called the pol­icy “a dan­ger­ous fal­lacy un­sup­ported by sci­en­tific ev­i­dence.”

For­est cited it in say­ing masks do not pro­tect against COVID-19. But the let­ter doesn’t men­tion masks. Stud­ies show mask use pre­vents spread of COVID.

We should open work­places and schools safely with mask use, so­cial dis­tanc­ing, test­ing and con­tact trac­ing. Pub­lic health should be based on sci­ence, not let­ters For­est finds on the in­ter­net.

Dr. James Horton, Char­lotte

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