A Stanford medical doctor recommends a reconsideration of our public policy approach to containment of Covid-19 based on “five key facts.” Here’s the list. He elaborates on each at the link:
Fact 1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.
Fact 2: Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding.
Fact 3: Vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem.
Fact 4: People are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to hypothetical projections.
Fact 5: We have a clearly defined population at risk who can be protected with targeted measures.
The observations are consistent with others we have been exploring here in the Forum and lead at the end of the article to a “more focused strategy” in dealing with Covid-19: “Strictly protect the known vulnerable, self-isolate the mildly sick and open most workplaces and small businesses with some prudent large-group precautions. This would allow the essential socializing to generate immunity among those with minimal risk of serious consequence, while saving lives, preventing overcrowding of hospitals and limiting the enormous harms compounded by continued total isolation.”
The strategy sounds reasonable to me, and I hope we’ll see some relaxing of absolutist group think in the near future.