by John Spritzler
September 9, 2023
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The following article was written by physician Dr. Nayvin Gordon in March of 2020 at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Today there is still no good argument for a population-wide lockdown instead of appropriate quarantines in response to a contagious disease.
Dr. Gordon's article:
FAILURE TO QUARANTINE THE SICK AND INFECTED, HAS LED TO THE QUARANTINE OF MILLIONS OF THE HEALTHY
Quarantine of the sick and their contacts has been a corner stone of infectious disease Public Health Policy for centuries. Due to some forty years of funding cuts, while corporations and the rich were allowed to pay less tax to the government, the US Public Health System is now a skeleton, unable to protect the population.
Here is the time line for the US Government’s criminal negligence and catastrophic failure to prepare.
December 2019 -- First case of the deadly Covid-19 was in China. By January it had jumped to the US. January 20,2020 the first case was in Washington State , a 30 year old man returning from Wuhan, China. He was not placed in quarantine nor were his contacts tested.
January 30, 2020, WHO (World Health Organization) declare global health emergency but fails to announce a developing pandemic.
The US Government rejects internationally used test kits until mid march 2020
February 27, 2020, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman and other senators were aware that this was a developing pandemic, they made no public declarations, instead proceeded to profit by selling their own stocks.
February 28, 2020 President Trump states that the Corona virus is a hoax, and says it will soon go away. No preparations are needed. No one was quarantined.
February 29, 2020, patients died in Washington State. No one was quarantined.
March 11, 2020, after the Covid-19 had spread to multiple countries and thousands were dead, WHO declares a pandemic. Death and disease from Covid-19 begin to mount in the US and fear spreads. People began to self quarantine and take precautions.
March 15, 2020 President Trump tells the nation, “Relax” because “it all will pass”.
March 20, 2020 California governor orders most people to stay home, not go to work and limit contact with people. Driven by fear, millions are now imprisoned for months in their own homes; alone--cut off from the closeness of their families, without work, and robbed of their daily activities and joys of life. This massive suffering could have been prevented by quarantining the few sick and infected three months ago. The US government’s criminal negligence and failure to act to protect the public health has now created a catastrophe of fear and desperation for millions.
3/23/20 Dr. Nayvin Gordon Dr. Gordon writes about health and politics and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org