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World Health Organization Appeals To ‘All World Leaders: Stop Using Lockdown As Your Primary Control Method’

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The World Health Organization has a strong message to the world: stop the shutdowns. When it comes to individuals’ health as COVID-19 sweeps the globe, the WHO warns to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method.” “We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” said Dr. David Nabarro.

In an interview with The Spectator’s Andrew Neil, Nabarro said, “the only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted…” However, “by and large, we’d rather not do it” explained Nabarro.

Dr. Nabarro is the Special Envoy on COVID-19 for the WHO, and says the WHO is speaking to all world leaders: “stop using lockdown as your primary control method.” The time for reorganizing and regrouping has come and gone. Now the entire global economy is suffering, and poverty is on the rise.

“Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry in the Caribbean, for example, or in the Pacific because people aren’t taking their holidays.” Nabarro went on: “look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world…Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”

Thousands of medical health experts signed a petition earlier this week calling for the end of lockdowns due to “irreparable damage.” “As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists, we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection,” said the petition.

The petition, known as the Great Barrington Declaration states, “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.” The Washington Examiner writes that “in the United States, lockdowns have been tied to increased thoughts of suicide from children, a surge in drug overdoses, an uptick in domestic violence, and a study conducted in May concluded that stress and anxiety from lockdowns could destroy seven times the years of life that lockdowns potentially save.”