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Top scientist says, lockdowns are single-biggest public health mistake

Telegraph, Britain, Professor Jay Bhattacharya

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Top scientist says, lockdowns are single-biggest public health mistake

Britain’s leading newspaper The Telegraph quoting a Stanford University professor said, lockdowns will be seen as the single biggest public health mistake in history.

The Telegraph report said, Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine believed many scientists have clung onto the perceived effectiveness of lockdowns, and they “remain attached” to the idea despite the “failure of this strategy”.

Professor Jay Bhattacharya said: “I do think that future historians will look back on this and say this was the single biggest public health mistake, possibly of all history, in terms of the scope of the harm that it’s caused”.

“Every single poor person on the face of the earth has faced some harm, sometimes catastrophic harm, from this lockdown policy.

“Almost from the very beginning, lockdown was going to have enormous collateral consequences, things that are sometimes hard to see but are nevertheless real”.

Prof Bhattacharya gave the example of children who are abused at home, who may have been unable to get the help they need during lockdowns because there are no adults present who could step in.

In addition, many patients with serious illnesses or who may have an undiagnosed illness have been reluctant to attend hospital over fears of catching the virus, he said.

“All of those kinds of harms, I think, even from the very beginning were going on. And yet we closed our eyes to them because we were so scared about the virus and so enamored with this idea that the lockdown could stop the virus”.

According to economists, most of the nations which had imposed lockdown for months would now find themselves trapped into acute economic challenges, which would give birth to another grand recession. Larger nations such as India, for example would be badly affected by the lockdowns, whereas countries like UK would also realize, their economic have faced tremendous loss, which will require several years, if not decades to overcome.

The experts said, countries like Bangladesh, for example, had very smartly faced the challenges posed by pandemic not by stepping into the dangerous trap of prolonged lockdown. Should Bangladesh follow the path of neighboring India, it would finally find in extreme economic crisis, by the end of 2021.

India’s economic loss due to prolonged lockdown has been enormous and it will be proved soon, the policymakers of the country had miserably failed in considering various aspects of country’s economy before going for mad rush of a prolonged lockdown. Most possibly, India is going to face a financial disaster pretty soon, which will ultimate result in millions of people becoming unemployed as well as alarming rise in the size of extreme poor populace.

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