According to the world renowned Stanford University scientist Professor-Doctor Jayanta Bhattacharya and top global economist Donald Boudreaux, the idea of eradication of Covid is a dangerous and expensive fantasy.
Bhattacharya and Boudreaux explained the concept in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal:
“It seemed to work in New Zealand and Australia, but now ruinous, oppressive lockdowns are back.
Much of the pathology underlying Covid policy arises from the fantasy that it is possible to eradicate the virus.
Capitalizing on pandemic panic, governments and compliant media have used the lure of zero-Covid to induce obedience to harsh and arbitrary lockdown policies and associated violations of civil liberties.
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Humanity’s unimpressive track record of deliberately eradicating contagious diseases warns us that lockdown measures, however draconian, can’t work.
Thus far, the number of such diseases so eliminated stands at two—and one of these, rinderpest, affected only even-toed ungulates.
The lone human infectious disease we’ve deliberately eradicated is smallpox. The bacterium responsible for the Black Death, the 14th-century outbreak of bubonic plague, is still with us, causing infections even in the U.S.
While the eradication of smallpox—a virus 100 times as deadly as Covid—was an impressive feat, it shouldn’t be used as a precedent for Covid.
For one thing, unlike smallpox, which was carried only by humans, SARS-CoV-2 is also carried by animals, which some hypothesize can spread the disease to humans.
We will need to rid ourselves of dogs, cats, mink, bats and more to get to zero.
For another, the smallpox vaccine is incredibly effective at preventing infection and severe disease, even after exposure to disease, with protection lasting five to 10 years.
The Covid vaccines are far less effective at preventing spread.
And smallpox eradication required a concerted global effort lasting decades and unprecedented cooperation among nations.
Nothing like this is possible today, especially if it requires a perpetual lockdown in every country on earth.
The only practical course is to live with the virus in the same way that we have learned to live over millennia with countless other pathogens.”