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Doctor: California COVID lockdowns failing most vulnerable

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 18, 2020

Bradford Betz, Fox News 

Stanford University professor of medicine Dr. Jay Bhattacharya on Thursday criticized California’s lockdowns as a “failure of imagination and creativity in policy.”

Bhattacharya, who is one of the few health experts to speak out against lockdowns, said the state’s approach should instead focus on those who are the most vulnerable.

“The right approach, before the vaccine, is to work to protect the elderly. Those are the people – especially living in nursing homes – are the ones who are at the highest risk of death if they were to get infected by COVID,” Bhattacharya said.

“Working very hard to protect the elderly, not just in nursing homes, but also living in the community, older people with chronic conditions who are in the workforce – essential workers like janitors or bus drivers, I think working to protect them is the right policy,” he said. “Whereas these broad lockdowns, I think they cause a lot of harm to the non-elderly. They’re not doing very much to slow the spread of the disease.”

He added: “I think the lockdowns are a failure of imagination and creativity in policy. It’s a failure to follow what the science is actually saying about who is most vulnerable.”

Despite enacting some of the country’s toughest measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, California is emerging as the latest epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

On Thursday, the state reported a staggering 52,000 new cases in a single day — equal to what the entire U.S. was averaging in mid-October — and a one-day record of 379 deaths. More than 16,000 people are in the hospital with the coronavirus across the state, more than triple the number a month ago.

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that strict lockdown measures would be triggered regionally when intensive care unit capacity in hospitals dips under the 15% mark as cases of the virus surge across the state.

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