Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis, an epidemiologist and co-director of Stanfordâ€™s Meta-Research Innovation Center, pointed out in a March 17 essay, that we still do not have a firm grasp of the population-wide fatality rate of coronavirus. So far, evidence suggests that fatality may be lower than 1 percent. Therefore, he noted, â€œlocking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational. Itâ€™s like an elephant being attacked by a house cat. Frustrated and trying to avoid the cat, the elephant accidentally jumps off a cliff and dies.â€™â€™
Dr. Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, also noted that the lockdown has jeopardized the health of the people who had other medical conditions:
Imagine a patient with chest pain or a developing stroke, where speed is essential to save lives, hesitating to call 911 for fear of catching the coronavirus. Or a cancer patient having to delay chemotherapy because the facility is closed. Or a patient with advanced emphysema who dies for lack of a facility with a ventilator.â€™â€™ And imagine the stress and mental illness that will come from our shutting down our economy, triggering massive layoffs. â€œLost wages and job layoffs are leaving many workers without health insurance and forcing many families to forego health care and medications to pay for food, housing, and other basic needs.
Dr. David L. Katz, the founding director of Yale Universityâ€™s C.D.C.-funded Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and an expert in public health and preventive medicine noted:”…Because, as with the flu, the vast majority will get over it in days, a small number will require hospitalization and a very small percentage of the most vulnerable will, tragically, die. As Katz argued, governors and mayors, by choosing the horizontal approach of basically sending everyone home for an unspecified period, might have actually increased the dangers of infection for those most vulnerable.
â€œAs we lay off workers, and colleges close their dorms and send all their students home,â€™â€™ Katz noted, â€œyoung people of indeterminate infectious status are being sent home to huddle with their families nationwide.
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