Total lockdowns may not be a sustainable way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, but professionals are still debating which public health interventions the U.S. ought to impose to decrease viral transmission in the coming months.
Medical and public health specialists objected to approaches presented in the Great Barrington Declaration and the John Snow Memorandum in a virtual panel on Friday, disagreeing about whether the U.S. should adopt a “concentrated security” method to achieve natural herd resistance, or continue additional limitations. The panel was hosted by Johns Hopkins University.
” Herd immunity is the endpoint of this pandemic no matter what method we pick,” stated Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD, a health economist at Stanford University in California and co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration. “The only question at hand is, how do you arrive the most safe?”
The Great Barrington Declaration, which was composed by Bhattacharya and two other researchers in early October, motivates federal governments to lift lockdown limitations on young and healthy people while placing protection procedures on susceptible groups. This “concentrated protection” method would permit COVID-19 to spread in a population where it is less likely to be deadly, attaining prevalent herd resistance that is not dependent on a vaccine.
The John Snow Memorandum was written in reaction to propositions for natural infection to achieve herd immunity, which was called “a hazardous misconception unsupported by clinical proof.” The memorandum, which got more t