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Covid-19: People are gathering again, but can crowds be made safe?

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3511 (Published 02 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3511

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SARS-CoV-2 virus - disproportionate and ill-targeted response

Dear Editor

Janet Menage asks: "Do the majority of practising doctors seriously believe that asymptomatic, healthy individuals need to stay six feet apart and cover their faces in order to avoid spreading a life-threatening disease, which they don't have, to other healthy individuals?"[1]

According to the WHO, "Available evidence from contact tracing reported by countries suggests that asymptomatically infected individuals are much less likely to transmit the virus than those who develop symptoms".[2]

It's astounding to consider the amount of resources and effort that is going into masking, testing and isolating people who have no symptoms. So much about the response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus appears to be disproportionate and ill-targeted.

If more energy was focussed on encouraging and assisting people who actually have symptoms to simply stay home for a few days, this would likely be more effective in slowing the spread of the virus, rather than disrupting mass populations and economies with draconian restrictions. 

Thank you Dr Janet Menage for not 'colluding with the narrative', we need more like you to speak up.

References:
1. Janet Menage BMJ rapid response: Covid-19: What has happened to clinical acumen? 4 October 2020. https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3511/rr
2. Transmission of COVID-19 by asymptomatic cases. http://www.emro.who.int/health-topics/corona-virus/transmission-of-covid...

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 October 2020
Elizabeth M Hart
Independent person investigating the over-use of vaccine products and conflicts of interest in vaccination policy
Adelaide, Australia