Should We End the Lockdowns? A Soho Forum Debate
Should the COVID-19 lockdowns be replaced with a more targeted strategy?
On October 4, 2020, epidemiologists from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford authored the Great Barrington Declaration, which advocates for ending the COVID-19 lockdowns and turning to a strategy of protecting elderly and vulnerable populations while allowing everyone else to resume their normal lives.
Critics of the Declaration issued a counter-petition called the “John Snow Memorandum,” stating, “Any pandemic management strategy relying upon immunity from natural infections for COVID-19 is flawed. Uncontrolled transmission in younger people risks significant morbidity and mortality across the whole population.”
In an online Soho Forum debate on December 13, Martin Kulldorff, a Harvard biostatistician and epidemiologist and coauthor of the Great Barrington Declaration, debated Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the Universit
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