October 13, 2020

WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

David Nabarro, MD, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) special envoy on COVID-19 in a video interview on October 10 urged world leaders to stop using lockdowns as their primary COVID-19 control method.

He added that WHO believes the only time a lockdown is justified is to buy time to reorganize resources and to protect healthcare workers.

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Dr Nabarro pointed out some of the negative consequences lockdowns have caused, including devastating tourism industries, increasing hunger and poverty levels, and doubling of child malnutrition.


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