Daily Camera (Boulder)

Lock­downs cause col­lat­eral dam­age

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If you be­lieve that Boul­der County Pub­lic Health is jus­ti­fied in re­strict­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of Univer­sity of Colorado Boul­der stu­dents, I urge you to read the re­cent open let­ter from 530 Bel­gian doc­tors and 1,831 med­i­cally trained pro­fes­sion­als. They present sci­en­tific ev­i­dence for ques­tion­ing lock­downs, and they ob­ject to me­dia cen­sor­ship of free and open de­bate re­gard­ing re­stric­tive mea­sures. Re­mem­ber open sci­en­tific dis­course? Let’s have it!

The Bel­gian doc­tors dis­cuss the fact that PCR tests merely in­di­cate the pres­ence of ge­nomic ma­te­rial, and are meant for re­search, not di­ag­no­sis. These tests do not mea­sure vi­ral load, and are there­fore in­ca­pable of di­ag­nos­ing ac­tive in­fec­tion or in­fec­tiv­ity. To use them as the ba­sis of so­cial pol­icy is il­log­i­cal.

These sci­en­tists also ad­dress the col­lat­eral dam­age of lock­downs: in­creased de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, and sui­cide. They con­tend that the so­cial mea­sures be­ing taken world­wide are worse than the prob­lem they are meant to con­tain. They also ques­tion the ex­tra­or­di­nary me­dia cen­sor­ship of sci­en­tific dis­sent.

Sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives are gain­ing ground in the Nether­lands, Eng­land, Spain, Ger­many, and France, as doc­tors, lawyers and sci­en­tists join to de­mand open de­bate on the sci­ence and le­gal­ity of lock­downs.

When the dust set­tles and peo­ple face the sci­en­tific facts of what hap­pened in 2020, all re­stric­tive mea­sures will be scru­ti­nized. If you care about so­cial health, if you have em­pa­thy for your fel­low hu­mans, and if you value open dis­course, I urge you to take the time to read the open let­ter from these brave Bel­gian med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als. Ques­tion. Think.

ANITA LI Boul­der

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