Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Great Barrington Declaration

To reiterate the July research paper I wrote, there is a very real other school of thought on COVID that you simply do not hear about because the volume has been turned up so loud on one particular viewpoint.  So, I wanted you to know about a group of highly regarded doctors, researchers, epidemiologists, etc. from around the world who drew the following conclusion:

"Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity."
This conclusion comes from something called The Great Barrington Declaration.  It is the highest profile example of professionals of similar philosophical minds as I on the subject coming together to announce "we know this is serious, but we also know what it is and what is isn't now, so let's take partisan politics out of this and find a middle ground before irreparable damage is done."  
The Great Barrington Declaration was signed on October 4, 2020 by:
-Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
-Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor, Medicine, Stanford University
-Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Professor, Theoretical Epidemiology, University of Oxford
-Dr. Rodney Sturdivant, PhD. associate professor of biostatistics at Baylor University and the Director of the Baylor Statistical Consulting Center. He is a Colonel in the US Army (retired) whose research includes a focus on infectious disease spread and diagnosis.
-Dr. Eitan Friedman, MD, PhD. Founder and Director, The Susanne Levy Gertner Oncogenetics Unit, The Danek Gertner Institute of Human Genetics, Chaim Sheba Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Depertment of Human Genetics and Biochemistry, Tel-Aviv University
-Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH a physician with the VA health system with expertise in epidemiology, health equity practice, and health impact assessment of public policy. He formerly served as a Deputy Health Officer for San Francisco for 18 years.
-Dr. Michael Levitt, PhD is a biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University. Prof. Levitt received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
-Dr. Eyal Shahar, MD professor (emeritus) of public health at the University of Arizona, a physician, epidemiologist, with expertise in causal and statistical inference.
-Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, President, True Health Initiative and the Founder and Former Director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center
-Dr. Laura Lazzeroni, PhD., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of biomedical data science at Stanford University Medical School, a biostatistician and data scientist
-Dr. Simon Thornley, PhD is an epidemiologist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has experience in biostatistics and epidemiological analysis, and has applied these to a range of areas including communicable and non-communicable diseases.
-Dr. Michael Jackson, PhD is an ecologist and research fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
-Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson, pediatrician, epidemiologist and professor at Karolinska Institute and senior physician at Örebro University Hospital, Sweden
-Dr. Sylvia Fogel, autism expert and psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, USA
-Dr. Andrius Kavaliunas, epidemiologist and assistant professor at Karolinska Institute, Sweden
-Prof. Udi Qimron, Chair, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Tel Aviv University
-Prof. Ariel Munitz, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Tel Aviv University
-Prof. Motti Gerlic, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Tel Aviv University
-Dr. Uri Gavish, an expert in algorithm analysis and a biomedical consultant
-Prof. Ellen Townsend, Self-Harm Research Group, University of Nottingham, UK
-Dr. Paul McKeigue, professor of epidemiology in the University of Edinburgh and public health physician, with expertise in statistical modelling of disease
-Dr. Mario Recker, Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics at the Centre for Mathematics and the Environment, University of Exeter
-Prof. Mike Hulme, professor of human geography, University of Cambridge
-Prof. Stephen Bremner, Professor of Medical Statistics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
-Prof. Matthew Ratcliffe, Professor of Philosophy specializing in philosophy of mental health, University of York, UK
-Prof. Lisa White, Professor of Modelling and Epidemiology Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University, UK
-Prof. Angus Dalgleish, MD, FRCP, FRACP, FRCPath, FMedSci, Department of Oncology, St. George’s, University of London
-Dr. Cody Meissner, professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, an expert on vaccine development, efficacy and safety
-Dr. Helen Colhoun, professor of medical informatics and epidemiology in the University of Edinburgh and public health physician, with expertise in risk prediction
-Prof. Partha P. Majumder, PhD, FNA, FASc, FNASc, FTWAS National Science Chair, Distinguished Professor and Founder National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, KalyaniEmeritus Professor Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
-Dr. Gabriela Gomes, professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, a mathematician focussing on population dynamics, evolutionary theory and infectious disease epidemiology
-Prof. Anthony J Brookes, Department of Genetics & Genome Biology, University of Leicester, UK
-Prof. Simon Wood, professor at Edinburgh University, a statistician with expertise in statistical methodology, applied statistics and mathematical modelling in biology
-Prof. David Livermore, Professor at University of East Anglia, a microbiologist with expertise in disease epidemiology, antibiotic resistance and rapid diagnostics
-Prof. Sucharit Bhakdi, em. Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of Mainz, Germany
-Prof. Yaz Gulnur Muradoglu,
Professor of Finance, Director at Behavioural Finance Working Group, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London
-Prof. Karol Sikora MA, PhD, MBBChir, FRCP, FRCR, FFPM, Medical Director of Rutherford Health, Oncologist, & Dean of Medicine

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