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Is The Great Barrington Declaration Making A Comeback? Will The Omicron Variant Help Achieve Herd Immunity?

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WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 5 – The omicron variant is putting a new focus on the Great Barrington Declaration [GBD] – a take on how to deal with the COVID pandemic published by three credible infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists. Its authors are Doctors Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University; Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, and Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School. 

They argue that lockdowns and other extreme anti-COVID precautions have “been a devastating public health mistake. Their GBD solution is simple: take measures to protect the segments of the population that are most vulnerable – senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions and allow the more resilient among us to achieve herd immunity. Even the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] recognizes that “Older adults are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. More than 81% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65. The number of deaths among people over age 65 is 80 times higher than the number of deaths among people aged 18-29.”

According to GBD author Dr. Bhattacharya, “we can’t stop the spread of COVID, but we can end the pandemic.”  In his words:

“The arrival of the omicron variant has led some politicians and public health grandees to call for a return to business closures and ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdowns.

“The variant has been found worldwide, including in the US and the UK. The variant has already surpassed delta – dominant before omicron – in the UK.

“Early reports from South Africa confirm that the variant is more transmissible but produces a milder disease, with a lower chance of hospitalization and death upon infection.

“The end of the pandemic is primarily a social and political decision.

“Since we have no technology to eradicate the virus, we must learn to live with it. The fear-based lockdown policies of the past two years are no template for a healthy society.

“The good news is that with the new and effective technologies available and the focused protection ideas outlined in the GBD, we can end the pandemic if only we can muster the courage and political will to do so.

“In Sweden and many US states that have eschewed lockdowns, the pandemic is effectively over, even as the virus continues to circulate.

“As normal society resumes, the vast majority will find that living with the virus is not so hard after all.”

Rob Arnott is the founder and chairman of Research Affiliates. In a unique Opinion article he penned for the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, he opened it with this sentence: “Should I try to catch the omicron variant of Covid to advance the cause of herd immunity?”

Arnott went on to explain that “The prudent response to omicron might be to encourage vaccinated people and even unvaccinated young adults to catch it while protecting the at-risk population. One measure of a pathogen’s lethality is the case fatality rate—the ratio of the death toll to the known cases. The 28-day average case fatality rate in South Africa, the likely origin of the omicron variant, tumbled in the past six weeks from 8% to 0.2%, barely higher than for the flu. Omicron will assuredly confer new, complementary antibodies on its victims, providing an additional measure of immunity to more lethal Covid variants.”

Dr. Bhattacharya and his GBD colleagues came under fire from Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, calling the Great Barrington Declaration “nonsense” and “dangerous.”. Meanwhile, during a recent interview with CBS News, he embarrassed himself when he said that Republicans who criticize him are “really criticizing science because I represent science.” 

As for Rob Arnott, he’s an informed and knowledgeable layman who concluded his Opinion article by declaring, “Let’s explore unconventional answers to end this protracted nightmare. I am not trying to catch omicron. But I am not afraid: catching it may very well reduce, not increase, my risk of dying from some future Covid variant.”

And the Great Barrington Declaration is a well-documented treatise that poses what many consider a rational approach for dealing with the threat of COVID and that has won support by more than 61,000 medical practitioners and medical & public health scientists worldwide. It is notable that Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] was among the early supporters of the GBD; she signed the Declaration on behalf of herself and of AMAC early on in 2020.


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Gerald Todd
10 months ago

The Swamp is trying desperately to keep their fraud alive. Omicron seems like a gift from God to bring us immunity fast and furious.

Tammy S
10 months ago

Time to take off the bubble wrap.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya was correct with his “focused protection”.

Dan W.
10 months ago
Reply to  Tammy S

Yes, the Doctor makes sense but if you read the entire Declaration, he and his colleagues do support certain people taking the vaccines which is an anathema to many AMAC members.

Tammy S
10 months ago

This is a very, well-written article. Dr.

Honey
10 months ago

Time to take off our masks all the time and everywhere. Time to open gyms again and run dances again.
Herd immunity the easy way. Omicron is a gift.

Dan W.
10 months ago
Reply to  Honey

It’s certainly a gift that keeps on giving but you are right that people need to decide for themselves whether or not to wear masks after discussing the pros and cons with their personal physician.

In the same spirit of freedom, businesses also need to decide whether they will serve maskless customers.

granny26
11 months ago

Will someone please inform our Nazi control freak of a governor in CA that his stupid mandates are worthless???

HocasPocas
10 months ago
Reply to  granny26

Good luck! You people need to get the government that you currently have eliminated and start one that represents your citizens

Wanda
11 months ago

No one takes into consideration the millions of people in the U.S. who have had Covid and gotten over it. My husband and I got the Delta varient in September….he did not have much trouble, but since I am a diabetic (under control) I got hit pretty hard….had the infusion and got over it even though I still cannot smell or taste much. We had our antibodies counted and we were over 200% over the amount that the vaccines produce. We won’t be spreading it to anyone else like the vaccinated do, and my physician says that we probably will be immune to it for life. But do you hear anyone talking about these people …. hell, no, all they talk about is us not be vaccinated even though our immunity is through the roof. This is all about the money…money for Big Pharma, money for crooked politicians, money for hospitals and doctors, so they can spread more panic and fear instead of telling the truth.

Dan W.
11 months ago
Reply to  Wanda

You’re bragging about getting Covid while admitting that you “got hit pretty hard”, “still cannot smell or taste much” and are diabetic ??

Your physician says that you will probably be immune for life. That’s possible but at this point, no one knows. I hope that you are at least willing to have your antibodies rechecked in six months to confirm that your antibody levels have remained high.

Stephen Russell
11 months ago

Additions to BD: End mask mandates, Let people take charge, Have to live with virus etc
Make plans
, end mRNA vaccines: cause blood clots

Dan W.
11 months ago

It’s the J&J vaccine that has caused half a dozen deaths from blood clots in the U.S.. No deaths have been reported as caused by the mRNA vaccines in the U.S.

Wanda
11 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Bull…check out VAERS web site….there have been almost 9,000 deaths attributed to the vaccines, and thousands of adverse reactions…it is a life changing jab.

Dan W.
11 months ago
Reply to  Wanda

You misunderstand the purpose of VAERS.

VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences to CDC and FDA. VAERS is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused a health problem, but is especially useful for detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse event reporting that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine.

This way, VAERS can provide CDC and FDA with valuable information that additional work and evaluation is necessary to further assess a possible safety concern.

HocasPocas
10 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Dan w, and a dang communist

granny26
11 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Just because you don’t hear about all the deaths relating to vaccines on MSM doesn’t mean there aren’t any.. And the pregnant women that have had miscarriages and or the babies dying right after birth from the ones who just got the shots. And NOT only J&J. MSM only read what is on the paper or screens in front of them and none of that is about deaths and other adverse reactions. Especially young people having heart attacks within days of the so called ‘vaccines.

HocasPocas
10 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Dan w, You must work for drug company

Dan W.
10 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Nope, it was my oncologist who strongly recommended that I get the jabs.

Honey
10 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Why have 8 people voted down that comment?

Dan W.
10 months ago
Reply to  Honey

Because it runs contrary to the narrative that the vaccines are more dangerous than the disease itself.

I agree with you that there should be no vaccine mandates. People should talk with their personal physician and decide for themselves whether or not to get the vaccine.

Wanda
11 months ago

And heart attacks and autoimmune diseases, not to mention it can and probably will kill you….think ahead 2-7 years in the future, especially when you will be given a booster about every three months. This is crazy and completely out of control.

HocasPocas
10 months ago
Reply to  Wanda

It’s absurd

Steven Coughlin
11 months ago

After years of continually bashing “Big Pharma,” isn’t it interesting that the Left has been totally silent about their skyrocketing profits ( largely due to vaccine mandates and fear mongering)? Could it be that it’s not just about control , but that the big pharmaceutical companies are some of the largest donors to the Democratic Party?

Sharon Ormsby
11 months ago

The Democratic Party has stocks in Big Pharma. That’s how they make money. If we were wise, we would get stocks in it as well.

granny26
11 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

And Mr Gates of Hell even bragged (on video) how many billions of $$$$ he makes off of vaccines. He and phony Fauci.

Sara J Grosso
11 months ago

Mr. Bill Gates and George Soros and that stupid gnome Fauci and only God knows who else have PARTNERSHIP in these companies. Isn’t it interesting that while We The People got poorer and lost our jobs and the cost of living has sky rocketed, ALL the elites, millionaires, scientists, governors and drug company owners GOT RICHER DURING THIS COVID?

HocasPocas
10 months ago

You guessed it, Steven

Barb
11 months ago

What I want to know, is when all politicians became Medical Experts? Stay the he’ll out of the medical business. You all can’t run a country nevermind medical business!!!!

Sara J Grosso
11 months ago
Reply to  Barb

Beautifully said Barb!

Dan W.
11 months ago

One caveat: Don’t be one of the people who croaks in the name of herd immunity.

Richard R
11 months ago

After I read the first sentence I knew this story was a bust. You know why? Because he uses the word “controversial” to describe the Great Barrington Declaration. Can anyone tell me what is controversial about saving lives? This is the path Gov DeSantis (FL) took and he saved lives. I don’t know who this writer is but it’s clear to me he doesn’t want to be criticized by his fascist friends in the media.

Jan E
11 months ago
Reply to  Richard R

‘Controversial’ is how the Left views it and the author was alluding to such.

Jeanette
11 months ago

Seems that Biden should have finished the wall and vetted those trying to get in the country….did anyone else notice how the virus was spreading..from the southern border and up through the states? What a disaster by the administration! We are not stupid.

HocasPocas
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeanette

Also spread by people who get the shot that biden and company are calling a vaccine. A vaccine makes a person immune from disease. These shots give you the disease without symptoms

Dan W.
10 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

No vaccine is foolproof. We know that from our annual dance with the flu virus which tends to mutate quicker than the flu vaccine is manufactured and distributed.

The U.S. Covid vaccines are not manufactured using a live Covid virus so they can’t give the disease. These vaccines do trigger the production of antibodies which can cause various side effects.

Everyone needs to decide for themselves whether the side effects from the vaccine are worse than the symptoms from the disease and make their own decision on whether or not to get the vaccine.

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