The Effects of Lockdowns – Scott W. Atlas

I think we can all understand why the initial lockdown was done, as I mentioned. Once the fatality rate projections actually are data instead of projections, when we see what’s going on, when we know who to protect, which we can talk about, we understand the really disastrous consequences of what the continuation of the initial lockdown is doing…

…We’re in a world where social media is an igniter of really outrageous statements and reactions and instantaneous things, and we’re in a world where anyone who can do a Google search thinks they’re an expert, so we hear a lotta people pontificating about medications, about side effects. They don’t have any medical perspective whatsoever. The news is sensationalizing. One example was this idea that children get this rare entity called Kawasaki syndrome, or it’s similar to that. This is extremely rare, but this was the headline for over a week, really. The reality is that doctors understand that there are rare exceptions that are very dangerous in virtually every disease. The rare exceptions do not change the overwhelming amount of data. Yet that carried the day, so there’s this sort of reactive fear that has entered into the public policymaking…

…There’s no such policy as stopping COVID-19 at all cost. That was never the policy even of the Trump team of Fauci and Birx in the beginning. That was never the stated policy, but it has devolved into that sort of thinking, where we must stop all COVID-19 at all cost. Somehow, the public, because of that policy, has become so fearful that now they buy into that policy. So I think that’s lesson number two, know the impact of the policies themselves. At least be able to judge that before you start implementing really severe, in this case draconian, public policy.
– Scott W. Atlas, Interview Hoover Institution

 It’s useful if you have a theory to think through the worst possible consequences of its application, right? It’s a good antidote to ideological possession. It’s like, well, just for a minute, imagine that your theory could go spectacularly wrong. What would that look like?
– Jordan Peterson

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