Source: Arjun Walia

In Brief

  • The Facts:Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University recently gave an interview stating “there is more harm from the lockdown than there is from COVID.” He’s one of many experts who feel this way, and explains why.
  • Reflect On:Should the government use force on their citizenry to comply, or should they simply recommend safety measures and explain why they do?

What Happened: Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University recently gave an interview explaining why he believes lockdown measures are more harmful than COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, Bhattacharya along with Dr. Eran Bendavid, another Professor of Medicine at Stanford, published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Is the coronavirus as deadly as they say?”

They made it quite clear that if the projections given by the World Health Organization are correct, then “the extraordinary measures being carried out in cities and states around the country are surely justified.” But they also made it clear that “there’s little evidence to confirm that premise – and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high.”

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