The COVID-19 coronavirus looks to be entering the containment phase. Americans are desperate for sensible policymakers with courage to ignore the chaos and rely on the facts.
Our leaders must examine the factual data to see what has really happened, and stop emphasizing the hypothetical What If’s.
Officials must combine the empirical evidence with fundamental principles of established biology, then open up the country and restore The People’s confidence.
Below are the Key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the lockdown and isolation.
- The overwhelming majority of people do not have any real risk of dying from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
- Protecting the older, sick at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding.
- herd or vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policy, prolongs the problem.
- Some people are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to the hypothetical projections.
- The clearly defined population at risk can be protected with targeted measures.
The overwhelming evidence all over the world shows that a clearly defined group, older people and others with underlying conditions is more likely to have a serious illness requiring hospitalization and more likely to die from COVID-19.
Knowing that, it is a common sense, achievable goal to target isolation policy to that group, including strictly monitoring those who interact with them.
Nursing home residents, the highest risk, should be the most straightforward to systematically protect from infected people, given that they already live in confined places with highly restricted entry.
The appropriate policy, based on fundamental biology and the evidence already in hand, is to institute a focused strategy like some outlined in the 1st place.
Strictly protect the known vulnerable, self-isolate the mildly sick and open most workplaces and small businesses with some prudent large-group precautions.
Thus allowing the essential socializing to generate immunity among those with minimal risk of serious consequence, while saving lives, preventing overcrowding of hospitals and limiting the enormous harms compounded by continued total isolation.
We must stop underemphasizing empirical evidence while instead doubling down on hypothetical models, the Facts matter.
By Scott W. Atlas, MD
Paul Ebeling, Editor
Editor’s Note: Dr. Atlas is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center.
Have a healthy weekend, Keep the Faith!