UPDATED 10:46 AM PT – Monday, October 12, 2020
A World Health Organization doctor is urging world leaders to stop using lockdowns as their primary method to control the spread of COVID-19.
The organization’s special envoy on COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro, expressed concerns over the widespread economic consequences of prolonged lockdowns. He said such measures can be justified to “buy time” and allow officials to “regroup” and “reorganize. “However, he also noted that “by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
“So we’re saying that we really do have to learn how to coexist with this virus in a way that doesn’t require constant closing down of economies, but at the same time is not associated with high levels of suffering and death,” he explained. “It’s what we are calling the middle path.”
There are new #COVID19 challenges everywhere. Tricky times for all leaders. Some commentators say ‘more restrictions needed now’. Others say ‘let the virus run wild and build up herd immunity’. @WHO Special Envoy @davidnabarro advocates for a middle path: https://t.co/SUUZfO9FVU pic.twitter.com/W0cyGaCVLf
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Dr. Nabarro went on to warn extended lockdowns present a clear threat to society’s most vulnerable. He said, “lockdowns just have one consequence and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.”