The mostly maskless crowd waiting to get into BOK Center on June 20, 2020.

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The White House is applauding a new document drawn up earlier this month at a libertarian think tank in small-town Massachusetts, which falls neatly in line with the Trump Administration’s own coronavirus plan: reopen, reopen, reopen.

The letter, called the Great Barrington Declaration (named after the 7,000 person Massachusetts town where it was drafted) was written by three scientists from Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard Universities, who lament the effect of the pandemic — and strategies to mitigate it — on society.

The declaration’s bottom line: Most people should go out and live life as if the virus does not exist, while at the same time “better protecting those who are at highest risk” of dying or getting sick from the virus. (The document does not explicitly say how, exactly, they would go about protecting high-risk people from the virus.

The Barrington group calls this idea “focused protection,” and it’s one the White House has long touted. 

Many of the concerns in the declaration about the fallout from COVID-19 lockdowns are real, including “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health.”

But most public health experts around the world agree that the scientists’ stated plan …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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