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Yale Doctor Harvey Risch Calls COVID Lockdown 'Counterproductive'

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  • Yale Doctor Harvey Risch Calls COVID Lockdown 'Counterproductive'
    Yale Doctor Harvey Risch Calls COVID Lockdown 'Counterproductive'
    By Jon Jackson On 4/20/21 at 4:33 PM EDT

    nswering questions about how countries have responded to COVID-19, Dr. Harvey Risch?a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of medicine?told Newsweek, "Once the virus became endemic, lockdown is counterproductive."

    "In our real world, the virus will continue to spread until it cannot reach enough new or susceptible people to infect, that is, herd immunity. Thus lockdown only prolongs the inevitable," he wrote in response to Newsweek's questions. "The reason that lockdown is counterproductive is that, as I said, the pandemic ends with herd immunity."

    Risch recently spoke with the Toronto Sun regarding COVID-19 and lockdowns. That article drew some attention since it quoted him as referring to lockdowns as "theater."

    "Lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic was reasonable, to buy time to figure out what to do," he told Newsweek. Now, though, he feels they actually hurt more than help. "What lockdown does however is prevent the growth of natural immunity. This means that newly opening states become 'sponges' for large infection outbreaks because they have low herd immunity."...

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