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Covid-19: Group of UK and US experts argues for “focused protection” instead of lockdowns

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3908 (Published 07 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3908

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  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

Thousands of medical practitioners and public health scientists have signed a declaration arguing for an alternative public health approach to dealing with covid-19.

The Great Barrington Declaration,1 published on Monday 5 October, was drawn up by three epidemiologists and public health experts from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford universities, who describe their approach as “focused protection” of the people most at risk.

As of Wednesday 7 October almost 6300 medical practitioners and public health scientists from the US, the UK, and other nations had signed the declaration.

The authors—Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard, Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford, and Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine and economics at Stanford—said that because older people were 1000 times more likely to die …

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