WHO Discourages Lockdowns as COVID-19 Prevention

Health body reverses previous recommendation due to “economic consequences.”

Earlier in the summer, the World Health Organization had warned of lifting lockdown measures too quickly. On Sunday, WHO special envoy for COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro said that countries should stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method.” He cautioned, “Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.”

“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” said Dr. Nabarro. He continued that such a measure was only meant “to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted. But by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

Expert epidemiologists recently met with Health and Human Services Secretary Azar to further highlight the perils of lockdowns on mental health and other physical health concerns, such as missed regular health screenings. While the health professionals supported the reopening of schools for in-person learning and for younger people to return to work, Secretary Azar said, ”Our mission is to reduce fatalities, protect the vulnerable, keep coronavirus cases down to the lowest level possible.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For federal health officials as they continue to seek the best course of action against the virus.
  • That the president’s administration would have discernment in the policies about COVID-19.
  • For the pandemic to continue to wane and for safe cures to be readily made available.

Sources: The Hill, DailyWire, USA Today


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