WHO: Lockdowns not the primary method for fighting COVID-19, governments must develop “better systems” against pandemic
By Arsenio Toledo // Nov 01, 2020

An increasing number of doctors and other health professionals and experts, including members of the World Health Organization (WHO), are joining the call to warn policymakers against reimposing restrictive lockdowns. These medical professionals argue that the lockdowns do more harm than good in the fight against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).


During an interview with The Spectator aired on Oct. 9, WHO doctor and special envoy on COVID-19 David Nabarro said that the WHO no longer advocates using lockdowns as a primary means of keeping the coronavirus under control.


“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted,” said Nabarro during the online interview. “But by and large, we'd rather not do it.”

In an appeal to world leaders, Nabarro said that they need to stop using coronavirus lockdowns as their primary method of controlling the pandemic. “Develop better systems for [controlling the virus],” he said. “Work together and learn from each other. But remember – lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.” (Related: No, “coronavirus” hasn't thrown 100 million into extreme poverty... virus LOCKDOWNS did that.)

“I want to say it again: We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as a primary means of controlling this virus.”

Nabarro: War on COVID-19 will not be won by controlling people

In a different interview, this time with BBC 4, Nabarro warned the U.K. government against imposing another strict coronavirus lockdown. The WHO doctor argued that for the lockdown to work, the restrictions on social and economic activity cannot be forced upon the British people. These policies need to be popularly supported.

“This war – and I think it's reasonable to call it a war – against the virus, which is going to go on for the foreseeable future, is not going to be won by creating tougher rules that attempt to control people's behavior,” said Nabarro. “The only way that we will come out ahead of this virus is if we're all able to do the right thing in the right place at the right time because we choose to do it.”

Nabarro believes that, without making it mandatory, people will one day come together and realize the importance of social distancing, the wearing of face masks, personal hygiene and quarantining when they get flu-like symptoms.

Nabarro's current position on coronavirus lockdowns represents a radical shift from his previous statements. He has previously advocated for lockdowns. However, by September, he had moved to a more neutral position, arguing in front of the British parliament that the world was still at the beginning stages of the pandemic and that it will still take some time for health experts to properly understand how to fight it. By this point, he was arguing that lockdowns should not be discounted as a tactic.

However, in recent weeks, he said he has become “more and more convinced” that, despite the possible benefits to defeating the spread of the coronavirus, the economic and social consequences were too much for the world to bear.

Watch this episode of Brighteon Conversations with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as he talks to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny as they both sound off against the stupidity of making the wearing of face masks mandatory.

There are alternatives to continual lockdowns

To understand the right way to fight back against the coronavirus, Devi Sridhar, chairwoman of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, says leaders should look to the example of countries that have successfully defeated it, such as Vietnam, Taiwan and New Zealand.

In Taiwan and New Zealand, sporting events are being held without any restrictions. In Vietnam, people can enter packed cafes and restaurants without fear.

In Vietnam and New Zealand, coronavirus lockdowns were decisive and quick. In Taiwan, a large-scale lockdown was never imposed upon the people. Yet, between these three countries, only 67 people have died from the coronavirus so far.

Sridhar has identified three key policies that governments need to put in place.

First, there needs to be an effective system for testing, tracing and isolating. Test results need to be returned within 24 hours to minimize the damage one person can do. There must be a proper system for contact tracing, with the goal of reaching at least 80 percent of a positive person's recent contacts. People who test positive must also be isolated for at least 14 days, either at their own homes or at designated shelters.

Second, national health authorities need to act rationally and communicate their policies clearly, emphasizing encouraging personal hygiene and the wearing of face masks (without mandating it) and avoiding leaving the house as much as possible.

Lastly, governments need strict border protection. The coronavirus can be imported from overseas, and only strong border policies will be able to prevent that.

Learn more about the rational, science-based approached to fighting back against the coronavirus by reading the latest articles at Pandemic.news.

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