October 7, 2020 | By Dennis Behreandt | The New American | Source
“Progressives promised frightened citizens that lockdowns were for their own good. This pernicious lie has caused not only massive economic upheaval, but needless deaths.
Probably few Americans have heard of Sunetra Gupta. As a brief summary, Dr. Gupta is one of the world’s leading epidemiologists and also an acclaimed novelist. She graduated from Princeton University in 1987 and earned her Ph.D. from Imperial College London in 1992. Today she is professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford University’s Department of Zoology.
Again, for emphasis: She is one of the world’s leading epidemiologists. In 2009, she was awarded the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award in recognition of her scientific achievements. For those who do not recall Rosalind Franklin, she was a chemist and x-ray crystallographer whose work was instrumental to the effort to understand the structure of DNA.
In an interview in 2018 with Developing Experts, a U.K.-based home education organization, Gupta described her youthful interest in physics and then described her current work. “Now I work on infectious diseases,” she said, “but I apply some of the ideas that physicists have had about physical systems to try and understand how infectious diseases evolve and what we can do, on a practical level, to try and stop them from causing the havoc that they do.”
Comparing dangers: One of the world’s leading epidemiologists, Dr. Sunetra Gupta is opposed to lockdowns as a public health response to COVID-19. “The costs of lockdown are too high at this point,” she has said. (Photo: colorado.edu)
On a practical level for COVID-19, she doesn’t think indiscriminate lockdowns are the right approach. In June, according the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, she said the lockdowns were hurting people and should be lifted. “It’s becoming clear that a lot of people have been exposed to the virus and that the death rate in people under 65 is not something you would lock down the economy for,” she told the paper. “We can’t just think about those who are vulnerable to the disease. We have to think about those who are vulnerable to lockdown too. The costs of lockdown are too high at this point.”
The costs of the lockdowns have always been too high, because the lockdowns have always been unnecessary and inappropriate. While many, if not most, people have been persuaded to buy into the fear being spread by the mainstream media, socialist Democratic politicians, and RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), the fact is that the pandemic never represented the calamitous danger posed for it in popular caricature.
This is and has been the opinion of Dr. Vernon Coleman, for example. In a recent video, Dr. Coleman argued: “It has been painfully, depressingly clear since March that the lockdowns, the social distancing, the face masks and all the rest of the nonsense had absolutely nothing to do with the coronavirus. Back in February and March, I called the panic a hoax. This wasn’t because I didn’t believe that the virus existed. I called it a hoax, and still believe it a hoax, because I believed that the threat of the coronavirus had been dramatically exaggerated. And that belief has never wavered and now the evidence supports my assertion.” Dr. Coleman studied medicine at Birmingham Medical School and began practicing medicine in the U.K. in 1970. In his bio he notes that he has appeared frequently as an expert guest on U.K. television and media, including the BBC, and has written more than 100 books that have sold more than two million copies.
Likewise, Nobel laureate Michael Levitt has been a consistent voice of reason in addressing the pandemic. In a recent op-ed for another U.K. paper, the London Telegraph, he and co-authors Uri Gavish (a biomedical consultant), Udi Qimron (head of clinical microbiology and immunology at Tel Aviv University), Eyal Shahar (epidemiologist at the University of Arizona), and Ifat Abadi-Korek (research director, Assuta Medical Center), pointed out that it should have been obvious from the outset that the coronavirus pandemic was not going to be catastrophic.
“Back in January, not long after the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan, the number of deaths ceased to follow the exponential growth scare,” they noted. This suggested, they continued, that more people were already somewhat or entirely immune to the virus than suspected.”