Sometimes, we’re bombarded with warnings we need to take seriously. And sometimes, we’re forced to say “tell me something I didn’t know.”
This happens to fall under the category of the latter.
Apparently, the World Health Organization now warns that quarantine can cause (brace yourself) serious economic hardship. I wish I could say I’m kidding. But apparently the WHO just caught up to something conservatives realized way before the first quarantine commenced.
Closing down sinks ships way more than it saves lives. That’s a fact Jack.
As Fox News reports:
WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort, the British magazine the Spectator reported in a video interview.
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro said.
“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
Nabarro said tight restrictions cause significant harm, particularly on the global economy.
“Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said.
Economic Devastation for $200 Alec.
What is the shared result of quarantines across the globe? If life was a Jeopardy question, this one was too obvious.
Families like mine have been devastated by the months without work. My husband restores old cars. Think anybody is repainting Dad’s old Mustang when no one can go to work? I can assure you, they don’t. My daughter and son-in-law are a successful country duo. But without bars to sing in, the coffers are empty.
If things are bleak here, consider the many towns built around tourism. And not solely in the US. According to many reports, places like the Carribean Islands are devastated. And they don’t have to power of the US Treasury to rebuild.
“Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”
The UN agency previously warned countries against lifting lockdowns too soon during the first wave of the virus.
“The last thing any country needs is to open schools and businesses, only to be forced to close them again because of a resurgence,” said Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
But Tedros had urged countries to bolster other measures, including widespread testing and contact tracing, so they could safely reopen and avoid future lockdowns.
“We need to reach a sustainable situation where we have adequate control of this virus without shutting down our lives entirely, or lurching from lockdown to lockdown — which has a hugely detrimental impact on societies,” he said.
There’s something quite fishy breweing.
Here we are, less than three weeks from the Presidential election. Suddenly the WHO backtracks quarantine policies. Maybe I’m turning into a conspiracy theorist. But I foresee a plan to pin the quarantine on Donald Trump. Of course, that negates the months they spent blaming Trump for working to reopen America.