A doctor among the hundreds of thousands who have signed a declaration against lockdowns tells OneNewsNow the World Health Organization (WHO) is not wrong for discouraging them.
"We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus," Dr. David Nabarro, the World Health Organization's special envoy on COVID-19, recently told The Spectator.
According to the New York Post, President Trump celebrated the remarks during a large rally in Sanford, Florida on Monday — his first since recovering from the coronavirus.
"The lockdowns are doing tremendous damage to these Democrat-run states where they are locked down, sealed up. Suicide rates, drug rates, alcoholism, death by so many different forms -- You can’t do that," Trump said.
According to Dr. Nabarro, lockdowns can only be justified "to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, [and] protect your health workers who are exhausted."
Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), says the evidence is "very clear" that lockdowns have been "devastating."
"They have probably killed more people than they conceivably have saved, from forgone medical care, from loss of employment, loss of livelihood, loss of business, drug addiction, and so forth," she tells OneNewsNow. "It's estimated that for every life they might have saved, 3,000 people lose their jobs. And in countries that have had severe lockdowns, compared with those who haven't, the course of the disease and the mortality is basically the same."
Dr. Orient acknowledges that "there are a lot of variables involved," but whether or not they locked down the economy does not seem to have much effect on the results.
"If you look at Sweden, where people did take a lot of precautions ... maybe some large gatherings were banned, and maybe large high schools were shut down, but not elementary schools -- the all-cause mortality for 2020 is actually less than expected," Dr. Orient continues. "Probably the only reliable statistic is all-cause mortality, because there is so much controversy about the supposed death rates from COVID as being with COVID or being from COVID."
This is not to say that Dr. Orient agrees with everything the WHO has said and done about COVID-19.
"The WHO started it all by saying there is no human-to-human transmission, which is echoing what the Chinese Communists said," she explains. "We don't necessarily say Well, we believe the WHO today, and we didn't before, because I'm not really basing my opinion on the lockdowns based on what the WHO says. There are a lot of other scientists throughout the world who agree that the lockdowns have been devastating, and they have not changed their position. They are looking at the evidence, not at what this UN agency says."
At the rally on Monday, President Trump slammed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying in August he would seek to re-impose harsh restrictions if scientists advised it.
"Biden would terminate our recovery, delay the vaccine, prolong the pandemic, and annihilate Florida's economy with a draconian, unscientific lockdown. That's what he wants to do -- lock it down; lock it down, everybody," Trump told the crowd.
Meanwhile, Dr David Nabarro, tells The Spectator's Andrew Neil, 'We really do appeal to all world leaders: Stop using lockdown as your primary control method."
Dr. Orient's association reports that professors from Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford, along with more than 200,000 medical practitioners, scientists, and citizens, have signed the Great Barrington Declaration, stating that to continue current COVID-19 policies until a vaccine is developed will "cause irreparable damage."