‘Social Distancing’ is Snake Oil, Not Science: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/05/social_distancing_is_snake_oil_not_science.html
Here’s a reason that “social distancing” wasn’t a buzzword common to the American lexicon prior to 2020. There’s very little science behind “social distancing” at all.
Why lockdowns are the wrong policy – Prof. Johan Giesecke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfN2JWifLCY&feature=youtu.be&t=163
Professor Johan Giesecke, one of the world’s most senior epidemiologists, advisor to the Swedish Government (he hired Anders Tegnell who is currently directing Swedish strategy), the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and an advisor to the director general of the WHO, lays out with typically Swedish bluntness why he thinks:
– UK policy on lockdown and other European countries are not evidence-based
– The correct policy is to protect the old and the frail only
– This will eventually lead to herd immunity as a “by-product”
– The initial UK response, before the “180 degree U-turn”, was better
– The Imperial College paper was “not very good” and he has never seen an unpublished paper have so much policy impact
– The paper was very much too pessimistic
– Any such models are a dubious basis for public policy anyway
– The flattening of the curve is due to the most vulnerable dying first as much as the lockdown
– The results will eventually be similar for all countries
– Covid-19 is a “mild disease” and similar to the flu, and it was the novelty of the disease that scared people.
– The actual fatality rate of Covid-19 is the region of 0.1%
– At least 50% of the population of both the UK and Sweden will be shown to have already had the disease when mass antibody testing becomes available
UK’s two-metre distancing rule has ‘no scientific backing’, ex-WHO doctor says: https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/05/uks-two-metre-distancing-rule-has-no-scientific-backing-ex-who-doctor-says-12655149/
Professor Karol Sikora said changing government guidelines on how far apart we should stand will be key in getting more people back to work. He told Good Morning Britain: ‘The way we use our drugs, they way we do investigations, has a base in science , but this [two metre rule] has nothing. The politicians are lost because they get conflicted advice.’
Two-metre social distancing rule was ‘conjured out of nowhere’, professor claims: https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/25/two-metre-social-distancing-rule-conjured-nowhere-professor-claims-12609448/
Robert Dingwall, of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), says there has ‘never been a scientific basis for two metres’, naming it a ‘rule of thumb’.
USC Professor Joel Hay says there is no scientific proof social distancing prevents spread of coronavirus: https://www.kusi.com/usc-professor-joel-hay-says-there-is-no-scientific-proof-social-distancing-prevents-spread-of-coronavirus/
USC Professor Joel Hay joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss his stance on how to get people back to work.
Hay said that there is no proof that social distancing works for diseases like coronavirus. He backed up this point by saying we have been social distancing for over a month, and there are no signs that it is helping us contain the spread of the virus.
Government scientific adviser says Britain’s two metre social distancing rule is unnecessary and based on ‘very fragile’ evidence: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8339837/Government-scientist-says-2m-social-distancing-rule-based-fragile-evidence.html
Professor Robert Dingwall, a sociologist at Nottingham Trent University and a member of government advisory group NERVTAG (New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group) made the ‘fragile evidence’ comments this morning.
He said that the World Health Organization and other countries in Europe had reduced this distance to one metre but the UK is persisting with the full 2m.