The Great Barrington Declaration

Pandemic Pondering

Since I started this blog last March, some of the least recognized concerns with the efforts to limit COVID-19 are the inadvertent mental and physical health problems suffered from the mitigations. The total shut down of work places and schools have yielded children not getting routine vaccines, parents losing jobs, people becoming more likely to have substance abuse and an increase in domestic violence. These issues have not received the same media attention as the push for protective measures, but are important and should not be overlooked.

Several alternatives to total shutdowns have been propose. One approach that has gained interest is to isolate and protect those individuals at highest risk while doing more measured precautions to allow reasonable activity by everyone else. This approach has received scrutiny because it has been represented as just a means to achieve “herd immunity,” while the term “at risk” has been construed to…

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