An Alternative to Lockdowns: Declaration Offers Trump a Chance to Lead on ‘Science’

A “closed” sign hangs in a local park in Exchange Place, N.J., with Lower Manhattan in New York City visible in the distance, April 25, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
It’s baseless to assume that the benefit of lockdowns outweighs their harm.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n October 4, Harvard’s Martin Kulldorff, Oxford’s Sunetra Gupta, and Stanford’s Jay Bhattacharya gathered at Great Barrington, Mass., to pen a declaration that, in just five days, has gained some 15,000 signatures from doctors and health scientists. The declaration calls for a smart alternative to the lockdowns and social-distancing rules that Joe Biden insists are based on “the science.”

Other experts have been quick to offer criticisms, of course. But that’s how science works. It rarely speaks with one voice. And this is why the declaration matters: It snatches the science card from Biden and everyone else who claims the science

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