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Phil Magness’s and James Harrigan’s letter, in the BMJ, is meant to set the record straight about the great Great Barrington Declaration: Dear Editor, In their essay “Covid-19 and the new merchants of doubt” (BMJ Opinion, 9/13/21, https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/09/13/covid-19-and-the-new-merchants-of-d…), Gavin Yamey and David Gorski present themselves as defenders of sound scientific principles in the face of “denialism” related to the Covid-19 pandemic. These authors specifically...

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Jacob Sullum wonders when encouraging trends in Covid test results will be reflected in CDC advice. A slice: So far these positive trends have had no discernible impact on federal COVID-19 advice or on the policies of jurisdictions inclined to follow it. Vaccination is authorized for all Americans 12 or older and will soon be extended to younger children. Minors face a tiny risk of dying from COVID-19 in any case. Yet the CDC still says everyone, from toddlers to vaccinated adults,...

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GMU Econ grad student Dominic Pino, writing for National Review, rightly criticizes the irrationality of the Covid restrictions still in place on college campuses. A slice: This state of affairs has persisted for months now, and administrators haven’t seemed to connect the dots. Students are living their off-campus lives largely unmasked, and they aren’t, for the most part, getting COVID. (To repeat: They’re vaccinated, and the vaccines work.) There’s nothing special about classrooms...

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Those of you who doubt that Covid hysteria fuels tyranny should read this report, by Charles Oliver, of goings-on in Canada. Jacob Sullum rightly criticizes Texas governor Greg Abbott’s policy of preventing private entities in that state from requiring customers, employees, or both from being vaccinated against Covid-19. I’m going to contribute to the legal-defense fund of this British anti-lockdown protestor. Covid hysteria further eats away cancerously at Britain’s democratic...

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Jay Bhattacharya tweets: Recognizing the reality of immunity after COVID-recovery is a pro-vax position. Acknowledging this fact builds credibility so people believe it when you correctly say the vax protects vs. severe disease. Pushing cruel vax mandates, on the other hand, undermines that trust. “Yale Epidemiology Prof: ‘Natural Immunity is Much Longer-Lasting Than Vaccinated Immunity’.” For more evidence on the reality of naturally acquired resistance to Covid-19 see this piece by...

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The Brownstone Institute shares a powerful essay, by David Stockman, titled “The Origins and Development of Upside-down America.” Two slices: The undisputed fact is that the CDC changed rules for causation on death certificates in March 2020, so now we have no idea whatsoever whether the 713,000 deaths reported to date were deaths because OF Covid or just incidentally were departures from this mortal world WITH Covid. The extensive well-documented cases of DOA from heart attacks, gunshot...

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Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Marc Siegel explains that among today’s health hazards is excessive anxiety over Covid. A slice: In New York City, I often see people walking down the sidewalk, masks hanging low over their chins, looking fearful and dodging one another. The health benefit from these wary rituals is minimal to nonexistent, and they illustrate the toll that fear of Covid-19 has taken on mental health. A new global study published in the Lancet examines 48 data sources...

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Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby eloquently defends the great Great Barrington Declaration – and decries the dogmatic hostility unleashed against it and its three authors. A slice: In retrospect, it seems clear that the Great Barrington authors were on target in doubting the advisability of sweeping lockdowns. Numerous studies have found that shutting down the economy was largely futile in preventing COVID’s spread and achieved little that could not have been done through less...

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Noah Carl – quoting Russ Roberts – dissects a new report from Britain’s House of Commons on that country’s lockdowns. (HT Dan Klein) Two slices: I would agree that the UK’s initial policy was “wrong”, but only in the sense that it did not put enough emphasis on focused protection. In the early weeks of the pandemic, we should have emphasised things like: expanding hospital capacity; securing PPE for frontline healthcare workers; separating COVID and non-COVID patients in hospital wards;...

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