A British scientist and government adviser is lamenting the pandemic-related lockdown, which he characterizes as a “monumental mistake on a global scale.”
“I suspect right now more people are being harmed by the collateral effects of lockdown than by COVID-19,” Mark Woolhouse said recently. Woolhouse is a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Edinburgh University in Scotland and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviors that advises the government of the United Kingdom.
“I never want to see national lockdown again. It was always a temporary measure that simply delayed the stage of the epidemic we see now,” Woolhouse said.
“It was never going to change anything fundamentally, however low we drove down the number of cases, and now we know more about the virus and how to track it we should not be in this position again,” he added.
The scientist cautioned never to return to a place where children cannot attend school or play.
“I believe the harm lockdown is doing to our education, health care access and broader aspects of our economy and society will turn out to be at least as great as the harm done by COVID-19,” Woolhouse posited.
“At the time I agreed with lockdown as a short-term emergency response because we couldn’t think of anything better to do, but it was always clear that the moment we started to relax enough measures we were likely to see infection rates rise again either nationally or locally,” said Woolhouse. “My hope was that we would have learned how to handle the virus better so lockdown would no longer be necessary.”
Source: Church Militant
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