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As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e.  the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, United States, by:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.


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9 thoughts on ““The Great Barrington Declaration” – DON’T BE PUT OFF BY THE BIG TITLE: THIS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
  1. MITZI Swift

    It’s nice to finally see the truth spoken out loud!! My hopes and prayers are that our government pays attentions to what these geniuses are saying!

  2. Vincent J. Ciaccio

    It’s about time that voices are speaking (screaming) about what is being forced on people and countries. I am not a medical professional but I can read. What is being done to the populace is abhorrent. Thank you.

  3. Barbara

    Those of us under mask mandates with exemptions for health issues cannot get in-person health care – no x-rays, no lab work, no doctor for issues that needs a personal exam. We cannot enter a hospital, clinic or lab without a mask – which we cannot wear. No eye exams, no dental work, no exam for what is a small issue now but a major one in time to come.

  4. Michelle

    Thank you so much for your courage in fighting back against the madness. The destruction of the world that we have known on the basis of pseudo science is heartbreaking. We will follow and support you!

  5. David Winter

    In the declaration it says – “A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.”

    I know these measures are mentioned several times within the videos but it would be good to have the ‘list’ available somewhere as bullet points – for discussion among those who are sceptical about the Barrington Declaration. Is there such a list?

  6. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Just follow Sweden. They’ve done it all. This is standard stuff in the public health literature.

  7. Dr.B.Wein

    I wonder what happens under our masks if we get infected by few virus particles which normaly don’t bother our immune system.
    But! What happens -dependent of the time someone has to use his mask- some few particles which were succesfull in reproduction get breathed into the mask an back again in our respiratory system.
    As I can imagine the multiplication of virus particles may induce symptoms. I also can imagine, that this could be the reason why now even younger people have more or less symptoms.

    Up to now I could not find an answer to this question and I would be pleased about one

    Thank you

  8. Andrew Cog

    It won’t let me sign. Not sure why, Google says it’s been removed though its still on other browsers.

  9. Dana Rabenberg

    What does it take to get clear-headed, reason-based thinking a place in public discourse, instead of the emotion-driven illogic that prevails today?

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