WHO Recommends AGAINST NATIONAL LOCKDOWNS
As we continue to progress during what’s been one of the world’s most difficult times, we are finding ourselves in deep introspection over past actions. Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns are becoming more and more scrutinized by officials and public sectors alike. This time, it’s the WHO conveying their position that “does not recommend national lockdowns” as a solution to coronavirus.
“Lockdowns are not something that WHO recommended, but they needed to be used in a number of countries because the outbreaks were growing so quickly,” Dr Van Kerkhove said. “But we’re hopeful that countries will not need to implement national lockdowns again.”
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove leads the WHO’s pandemic response team as the head of the emerging diseases unit. She’s by far one of the most essential figures at the largest health organization on earth. Her advisement against national lockdowns, however, has fallen on deaf ears as many communities in the United States continue some form of economic shutdowns. And the media hasn’t sensationalized her recommendations, rather, buried her sentiments. Any news that’s anti-shutdown tends to turn to ash without ever seeing an ember.
Kerkhove called shutdowns a “blunt, sheer force instrument” and agreed that they may have been right for the time.
“Lockdowns are not something that WHO recommended, but they needed to be used in a number of countries because the outbreaks were growing so quickly,” Dr. Van Kerkhove said. “But we’re hopeful that countries will not need to implement national lockdowns again.”
She also warns against sitting around waiting for a vaccine to save us.
“In the next six months we will not have a vaccine,” she said frankly. “I know there’s a lot of work that’s being accelerated in terms of having a safe and effective vaccine, but we cannot wait until next year for one to come around.”
In the United States, it’s common practice for our politicians to recite phrases that begin with “until a vaccine…”
Kerkhove recommends wearing mask, equipping health facilities, and social distancing over national shutdowns.
In the United States, the shutdown is considered the core solution to coronavirus. In fact, just this week, a Federal Reserve official recommended a 4 to 6 week lockdown. Shutdowns continue to wreak economic havoc on not only the United States, but across the globe. Many countries depend on help from the United States, but that help will dissipate as we continue to wreck our infrastructure.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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