Jay Bhattacharya and Sunetra Gupta – two of the three authors of the Great Barrington Declaration – make a plea in today’s Wall Street Journal for an end to the Covid-19 lockdowns. A slice:
Covid-19 is thus especially deadly for the old and others with chronic conditions. But the lockdowns are deadly as well. The harms include plummeting childhood vaccination, worse cardiovascular disease outcomes, and less cancer screening, to name a few. It’s impossible to quantify the total deaths they have caused and will cause, but it’s safe to conclude that for people under 70 without chronic conditions—especially children and young adults—Covid-19 is far less deadly than a lockdown. For children, the cessation of in-person schooling has led to severe learning losses, which are predicted to shorten the lifespans of affected students.
As reported by Eric Boehm, that celebrated follower of “the science” Andrew Cuomo is pressing for a significant increase in New York State’s minimum wage. This is the sort of person that many libertarians, classical liberals, and conservatives are willing to trust with the power to lockdown society??