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Epidemiologist Explains Why ‘Herd Immunity’ Plan Was ‘Sociopathic Approach’ To COVID-19

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding has been reaching out to the public on COVID-19 matters. He’s now responding to the revelation that Trump’s COVID-19 team discussed letting millions become infected in the hopes of a ‘herd immunity’ response. What’s Dr. Feigl-Ding’s view on that? In short, he calls it a ‘sociopathic approach.’

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Politico reported this week on Paul Alexander, then serving as science advisor, telling Health and Human Services officials in July that when it comes to young, apparently healthy people and COVID-19, “we want them infected.” He suggested that mass infection of the lowest-risk populations was the path to herd immunity.

Dr. Feigl-Ding is calling this strategy sociopathic, in large part because even the lowest-risk populations are not without risk — in tweets, he said this was “nothing short of sadistic” and pointed out that thousands of young people have died from the virus.

Citing the same email in which Alexander called for mass infection, he points out that the science advisor said at the time that “opening up” and decreasing social distancing was understood to lead to more infections and more illness.

He also cited a study in the Journal of American Medical Association, and a NY Times explainer of it, showing that the widely-held belief that young people are ‘safe’ from the virus is wildly off-base.

July appears to have been the deadliest month among this age group in modern American history. Over the past 20 years, an average of 11,000 young American adults died each July. This year that number swelled to over 16,000. The trends continued this fall. Based on prior trends, around 154,000 in this demographic had been projected to die in 2020. We surpassed that total in mid-November.

In the video clip above, Dr. Feigl-Ding points out that the economy cannot recover, either, as long as the virus is killing off the population.

“It could be that herd immunity [by mass infection] could actually kill way more, and kill the economy way more,” he explained, using a Jurassic Park analogy. “No one’s gonna come back for business at Jurassic Park if velociraptors are roaming around.”



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