The Great Barrington Declaration has been signed by many experts, to show their support to the group and the recommendations it makes. Some of the key points in the declaration include:
1. Lockdown policies are causing devastating effects on short and log-term public health, including fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health, leading to greater mortality in years to come
2. Keeping children out of school, when they are the least affected by the virus, is a grave injustice
3. Keeping lockdowns and restrictions in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, more so in the lower socio-economic areas and communities
4. Herd immunity can occur in healthy people being exposed to the wild virus, which can then protect the vulnerable, and that this is NOT dependent on a vaccine (as vaccinations do NOT confer any herd immunity, due to only giving a very short-term "immunity" if at all)
5. The vulnerable still need to be protected to minimise mortality, such as in the elderly who have a 1000 times higher risk of death from the coronavirus (due to existing chronic health issues)
6. People who are at minimal risk of death should live their lives normally to build up personal immunity and herd immunity
7. Nursing homes should use only staff who have acquired immunity from the virus
8. Elderly people should have food delivered to their home, to minimise contact with others who may be infected, but should be able to meet family members outside their home, not inside (to reduce infections)
9. Healthy and younger people should live their lives as normal. Schools and universities should open for in-person teaching. Sports should be resumed. Workplaces should be opened and work resumed.
In support of the declaration, many other health experts, doctors and specialists, and scientists have also signed the declaration in agreement with its recommendations. As a concerned citizen, or even as a health practitioner, or in any other role, you too can sign this declaration! The Great Barrington Declaration can be read and signed here:
To date, the declaration has been signed by:
533,347 concerned citizens
10,595 medical and public health scientists
29,275 medical practitioners
The number of medical practitioners and scientists in agreement is significant! And this is only in 2 weeks after the declaration was released. Share this wide and get more people to sign!
While I think this is a good start, and a measured response by medical and health experts, I believe it doesn't go far enough or explain what people can do to minimise their risks of this or any other infection, as I have explained in many previous articles, by improving one's nutrition, lifestyle factors, and improving the immune system function to better deal with infections for prevention and in treatments.