On April 22nd two doctors who run a private healthcare facility in California held a press conference and spent about an hour outlining why they think continuing the lockdown has become deleterious. Note that they both agreed the public policy track originally taken was the correct thing to do and that had they been in that position, they would have done the same.
They then proceeded to outline the downside to the lockdown, including: increased incidence of spousal abuse, child abuse, depression, increased alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide. They made the assertion that they believe Coronavirus is much more prevalent in the population than we think, and if true, it means the fatality rate would be lower than original models. They also encouraged widespread testing before re-opening the economy, but to reopen the economy nonetheless.
The video went viral. Over 5 million views in 5 days and climbing steadily. It hit a nerve. I was going to mention the video in this issue of AxisOfEasy, in a postscript above, but I took it out after I posted it on my Facebook timeline and it came under a lot of hostility (albeit from a vocal minority of commenters, none of which actually viewed the video itself and none of whom have first hand knowledge of what they were dismissing as “bad science”).
This morning I woke up to the news that the Politburo (Google division), has removed the video for violation of its code of conduct.
This is basically a thought crime. The doctors in question did not advocate civil disobedience or breaking quarantine, they did not say Coronavirus was caused by 5G or cooked up in a lab in Wuhan. They didn’t tell people to drink bleach and they didn’t say Bill Gates is out to implant us all with microchips.
They criticized a public policy, they also shed light on some troubling aspects of it (they also recounted how doctors are being pressured to add COVID-19 to cause of death certificates), and they recommended an alternate path (one that included “testing everybody”, btw).
I knew this would happen, so the first thing I did when I watched it (in its entirety), is I downloaded a copy. We’re making it available via AxisOfEasy here.
I won’t hear any criticism of this from anybody who hasn’t watched the video and heard what they’ve had to say. Then I’m all ears.
If you can’t spare and hour of your time to hear them out, then you don’t have any claim to an opinion on it one way or the other.
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