The danger with trusting to the opinions of experts should be obvious: what happens with experts disagree?
Judging by the lockstep obedience to their advice, despite the rapidly-changing ‘updates’ of all the official models, the Gloom-and-doom, ‘if-we-open-up-the-economy-again-we’re-all-gonna-die’ experts seem to be the ‘conventional wisdom’ of the day.
But, as noted, a lot of what they’ve said before now has been proven wrong.
They have been very keen to remind us that we are in uncharted territory, and have very limited knowledge of what’s going on, or what we can reasonably expect to happen. In some instances, they have completely flipped their positions and recommendations.
Naturally, those feeling the pinch of these policies the most are asking: is it time to look more closely at what the OTHER experts have been saying? Is there anyone out there whose predictions have held up? If so, what are THEY saying about the best practices for our current crisis?
He’s one of a number of experts claiming that with this virus, we’re approaching it all wrong.
He was NOT among those claiming ‘millions of deaths’ were imminent.
In fact, if we would just ditch the ‘social distancing’ approach, and do it his way, we could ‘exterminate’ this virus.
Is he some random quack with a website hocking aromatherapy?
Not at all.
Knut Wittkowski, previously the longtime head of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design at the Rockefeller University in New York City, said in an interview with the Press and the Public Project that the coronavirus could be “exterminated” if we permitted most people to lead normal lives and sheltered the most vulnerable parts of society until the danger had passed.
So, he’s basically giving the same advice that many of the rest of us would have instinctively defaulted to — keep those of us at highest risk out of harm’s way while the virus sweeps through the rest of us in relatively short order.
Aside from the obvious issues of blowing a massive hole in the hull of the ‘ship’ of our economy, and deeply infringing on some basic freedoms, what’s so bad about the play-it-safe doomsday scenario the offical advisors have been exhorting us to follow so far?
“[W]hat people are trying to do is flatten the curve. I don’t really know why. But, what happens is if you flatten the curve, you also prolong, to widen it, and it takes more time. And I don’t see a good reason for a respiratory disease to stay in the population longer than necessary,” he said.
“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected, or they had very, very mild symptoms, especially if they are children. So, it’s very important to keep the schools open and kids mingling to spread the virus to get herd immunity as fast as possible, and then the elderly people, who should be separated, and the nursing homes should be closed during that time, can come back and meet their children and grandchildren after about 4 weeks when the virus has been exterminated,” he added. — TheFix
Until we hit that 80% exposure threshold, he’s saying this will just keep going on forever.
If he’s right, everyone freaking out that we’re ‘killing people’ by going about our daily lives is not just showing the world their authoritarian instincts, but they are part of the problem. And the ‘evil’ people getting tickets for going to the park or heading out to church are (ironically) part of the solution.
Those of us who heard him interviewed on Mark Levin’s show from last Friday will know that Wittkowski mentioned an interesting difference between HIS specialty and the other guy’s.
Unlike the current flavor of the month, Wittowski doesn’t just have expertise in knowledge of how a virus works… he is well-versed in how they actually SPREAD.
It’s an important distinction to keep in mind as we evaluate our present situation.
The problem with experts is always the same — leaders and free citizens have to decide when to listen to them (including which ones to heed!) and when to trust their own instincts, instead.
Who do YOU believe is the ‘trusted expert’ in this goat rodeo that 2020 has become?