A Sensible and Compassionate Anti-COVID Strategy

Jay Bhattacharya
Stanford University


Jay BhattacharyaJay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where he received both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in economics. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and director of the Stanford Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. A co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, his research has been published in economics, statistics, legal, medical, public health, and health policy journals.

The following is adapted from a panel presentation on October 9, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, at a Hillsdale College Free Market Forum.

My goal today is, first, to present the facts about how deadly COVID-19 actually is; second, to present the facts about who is at risk from COVID; third, to present some facts about how deadly the widespread lockdowns have been; and fourth, to recommend a shift in public policy.

1. The COVID-19 Fatality Rate

In discussing the deadliness of COVID, we need to distinguish COVID cases from COVID infections. A lot of fear and confusion has resulted from failing to understand the difference.

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Remaining Thankful in 2020

Author of the first American dictionary, Noah Webster, says Thanksgiving is “a public celebration of divine goodness; also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities of danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of his bounties.”

The tradition of Thanksgiving as a time to focus on God and His blessings dates back almost four centuries. While such celebrations occurred at Cape Henry, Virginia as early as 1607, it is from the Pilgrims that we derive the current tradition of Thanksgiving.

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Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 178

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.


Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

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Doug Wilson: A Primer in Basic Electoral Skepticism

Doug WilsonDoug Wilson writes with clarity on the forces shaping the outcome of our 2020 elections.

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As you entertain doubts about the integrity of this last election, as well you should, you should not be looking at those things which you cannot see, but rather at the things you can see. Don’t be that guy who thinks that a loss for his candidate necessarily means the other side cheated. It doesn’t work that way. Losers who think like that are losers in more than one sense.

But at the same time, you must also not be that guy who proclaims automatic faith in “the integrity of our processes” when this is manifestly and plainly not the case. Our processes are entirely corrupt. How so?

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Election Night - What Happened?

The Castle ReportDarrell Castle provides a post-mortem of the 2020 Presidential Election

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Hello this is Darrell Castle with Today’s Castle Report. Today is Friday the 6th day of November in the year 2020 and to tell you the truth I don’t feel much like talking today, but I’ll try. I won’t lie to you by telling you that the Castle family is doing fine today because some of us are suffering. I’m sure the family daughter is just fine, and my dear wife Joan just rolls with the punches and tries to keep me levelheaded, but I have been suffering since Tuesday night.

There is no clear winner as of this recording, and there might not be for weeks. Will there be a new court ordered election or just endless counting and fraud allegations? One thing seems clear and that is that the world has seen the American Democratic process with all the glory and grandeur stripped away and only the chaos and division remaining...  (Continue reading transcript)

The Castle Report

 


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