The four centers are among the worst affected as the epidemic worsens and the UK reports more than 14,000 new cases of coronavirus.
Top scientists are looking for a way to protect the herd from the coronavirus epidemic by allowing people at low risk for the effects of the disease to return to normal life.
The Great Barrington Declaration, signed by leading experts from the universities of Oxford, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Cambridge, Sussex and York, promotes the defense of the herd as a way forward.
The proclamation states: “The most compassionate approach to measuring the risks and benefits of access to herd protection, is to allow those at low risk of death to live normal lives to create the virus through natural infections, while better protecting those at high risk.
“We call this focused protection.”
It states that current closure policies have “adverse effects on short-term and long-term public health”.
The negative effects of statistical closures include low child immunization rates, declining cardiovascular outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and mental health deterioration – a statement that will lead to massive deaths in the coming years, hitting workers and young people more.
The announcement follows remarks made by England’s NHS leader, Sir Simon Stevens, who said asking all those over the age of 65 to protect would be “age-based discrimination”.
But the announcement states: “We know that the risk of death due to COVID-19 is more than a thousand times greater for the elderly and the weaker than the younger,” it said.
“Indeed, in children, COVID-19 is less harmful than many other harmful substances, including the common cold.”
Some critics say the announcement ignores growing evidence on “long COVID” – in which healthy people who contract the virus are left with long-term disability symptoms, sometimes for months after a minor infection.
Suggestions for this announcement include:
- Allow those at low risk of death to live their lives normally to create the virus through natural infections, while better protecting those at high risk
- Those without disabilities should be allowed to immediately resume life as normal
- Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying at home when sick, should be done by everyone to reduce the herd’s immune system.
- Schools and universities should be open to internal teaching
- After-school activities, such as sports, should be restarted
- At-risk young adults should work normally, rather than work from home
- Restaurants and other businesses must be open
- Arts, music, sports and other cultural activities must continue
- People at high risk can participate if they wish, while the community as a whole enjoys the protection afforded to those at risk by those who have formed a self-defense herd
Meanwhile, senior politicians from the four major northern councils have written to the government warning that the existing borders of the coronavirus are “ineffective”, describing some as confusing and others producing opposition.
Their interventions reflect increasing political and scientific divisions over how they can cope with the growing number of diseases.
The letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock was signed by Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, Manchester City Councilor Sir Richard Leese, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson.
The four centers are among the worst-affected areas as the epidemic worsens – UK reported 14,542 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, nearly 2,000 more than the previous day. Admission to a hospital in England has also peaked in four months.
In the letter, the four leaders said they were “deeply concerned” about the huge increase and “national responses”.
Emphasizing that they do not support economic development, they have instead called for more power to punish those who violate the law and other restrictions that will be imposed by the police, the council and public health professionals.
They also called for a locally-controlled testing and tracking system and financial support for those who need to separate themselves from the payment that recognizes additional needs in the reduction areas.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told that the government does not want to “go back to national memory, where we end up shutting down the economy and putting people’s lives in jeopardy”.
Ms Truss said the government was trying to “maintain equality” between those who wanted strict limits and those who wanted more flexible measures.
But members of the government themselves are divided over the laws of coronavirus.
The 14 retreated Rescuers were joined by five members of the DUP Parliament in voting for the government over its “sixth law”, which prohibits public rallies.
They were too many, but a major challenge is expected next week during the government’s 10pm pub, bars and restaurants, after MPs demanded more for urgent action.