NEW: The Great Barrington Declaration has received a lot of attention, especially from the Trump administration. How did they gain access? And what exactly do they envision? 1/x
Many people have probably heard about the Great Barrington Declaration, denouncing social distancing and calling for "herd immunity." It's popular with the White House, and it's the product of a Koch-linked think tank 1/
A manifesto calling for the coronavirus to spread naturally among younger people while protecting the vulnerable is unscientific, dangerous and unethical, many scientists said.
The Great Barrington Declaration is a policy piece with few specifics. If big criticisms of your vague policy declaration include "it's unethical" and "it will kill people," would you still sign it? Here's some choice quotes from 's piece .
A declaration that urged “herd immunity” and called for the coronavirus to spread naturally among younger people while protecting the vulnerable is unscientific, dangerous and unethical, many scientists said, and could result in a half-million deaths.
Letting the coronavirus freely infect younger people would endanger Americans with underlying conditions and result in perhaps a half-million deaths, scientists warn.
Read on for a deep dive into the plan and its critiques. w/ and feat. Jay Bhattacharya, and others
This is good. But scientists need to get smarter. The dark money thinktanks backing this batshit theory are sophisticated & organised & understand how to game the media. The rise of ‘herd immunity’ should terrify us all
A manifesto calling for the coronavirus to spread naturally among younger people while protecting the vulnerable is unscientific, dangerous and unethical, many scientists said.
Team Trump insists their COVID-19 strategy is not “herd immunity.” Yet, after a briefing to Atlas and Azar by Great Barrington Decl authors on precisely this approach, Azar tweeted: “We heard strong reinforcement of the Trump Administration’s strategy.”
A manifesto calling for the coronavirus to spread naturally among younger people while protecting the vulnerable is unscientific, dangerous and unethical, many scientists said.
The story of how a manifesto about "herd immunity" made it to the White House. It began this spring, as two Stanford profs (one is Scott Atlas, Trump's pandemic adviser) fretted over lockdowns. Dr. Fauci calls it "total nonsense." w/
The #BarringtonDeclaration, which embraces #HerdImmunity without lockdowns, was warmly received by the U.S. administration but scientists say the strategy can't stem the pandemic, by via #Covid19 #GlobalHealth
“You don’t roll out disease — you roll out vaccination.” Thank you , via
Some interesting details on the origins of “the Great Barrington Declaration” and the purchase it’s found within the administration...
Clarity about why a "herd immunity" non-strategy is wrong and dangerous, from and "A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists"
"Paul McKeigue, a genetic epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said, “...measures for preventing coronavirus transmission are not my area of expertise.”"via crack reporting by ⁦⁩ & Sheryl Gay Stolberg
"#Sweden ... has among the highest death rates in the world, particularly among the elderly. It has also suffered economic losses comparable to those of other Nordic countries." #covid19 #coronavirus
Great Takedown today of the Great Barrington Declaration proposal on #COVID19 herd immunity by science and health reporters ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ #sciwri20
A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists, report and
Stefan Baral , who works on #keypopulations in #HIV, a Swedish citizen who supports that country’s approach, said he did not sign the declaration because it did not lay out a plan for workplace or housing accommodations for people at risk.
Thoughts on the #GreatBarringtonDeclaration A) before signing anything, ask who is paying for it B) ask how it will work It seems thousands of people didn’t
Science advisory mechanisms in the pandemic have been so devalued and invisible that political debates over policy and strategy are mistakenly being called "science" -- which conflates science advice and political debates/advocacy
A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists - The New York Times
Great Barrington Declaration: A manifesto urging reliance on “herd immunity” without lockdowns draws fire from scientists. #GreatBarringtonDeclaration #HerdImmunity #Lockdown #HealthOfficials #RealScience
Even the town of Great Barrington is now concerned about the reputation the "declaration" is doing to its good name...
A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists A manifesto urging reliance on “herd immunity” without lockdowns was warmly received by Trump officials: But the strategy cannot stem the pandemic, many experts say. via
John Snow Memorandum gets some press coverage. Snow, whose most famous, bold action in September 1854 must have upset many people initially but saved lives, would have been proud. A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists
The herd immunity geeks live in a prehistoric world, in which they assume that people don't have networks that spill over pods, bubbles--and generations. We have the data for that.
I *almost* feel sorry for the Great Barrington Declaration authors/signatories. When asked by reporters to explain HOW they'd implement their strategy of letting the virus rip while "shielding" the vulnerable, they said they had no idea 🤣 I said ALMOST!