A World Health Organization (WHO) doctor claims reports rolled back on lockdowns are false, but the new advice she gave on the Today show this morning left Karl Stefanovic scratching his head.
He also claimed that the only thing achieved was poverty – without mentioning the potential lives saved.
This morning Dr. Margaret Harris on the today show to talk about the U-turn in the council.
She claimed the comments on Dr. Nabaro had been “misreported” by the world’s media, but the advice she gave Australia left both of them behind today Host visibly confused.
“It’s not a backflip, it’s not a change of advice,” she said. “What was reported a bit wrongly over the weekend.
“What these reports are based on was a conversation that our Special Representative Dr. David Nabaro led on the role of bans.
“Lockdowns are basically mass quarantines, and governments have reached the stage where there is a massive broadcast. If it is not clear where the transmission chains are, governments have resorted to them.
“But from the start we said what we really would like to see is strong tracking, tracing, community hand washing and wearing masks so you don’t have to go into lockdown.
“Now a lot of countries have had to lock up, but we say do all the other things to avoid going there because the economic and social costs are very high.”
Stefanovic asked if in Australia this means Queensland should close its borders as there are no cases there.
“This is something that different authorities make different decisions about, and we as WHO do not come in and stand up for individual countries,” she said. “We trust different countries to check what works in their society. What is not working in your society and what is the best way to prevent transmission? ”
Stefanovic said her response was “slightly soft” as there were no mass outbreaks in Queensland.
“Well what we’re really saying is do anything,” she replied. “We say don’t just do one thing. Don’t just rely on your border closure or mass quarantine, do absolutely everything you can.
“When people come out of lockdowns, they think, ‘OK, it’s over, we don’t have to do all the other things,’ and in fact, all the other things are really working.”
She was then asked if Australia should open its borders to the rest of the world.
“What we are seeing that is really working is strong quarantine and strong border surveillance,” she said. “So if you look, really follow everyone who walks in, really quarantine them, really quarantine them, and really make sure that this happens, then for sure we see that this is preventing the transmission.”
Stefanovic asked if this means that we should open the borders and still enforce this two-week quarantine when people arrive.
“So we’re saying precisely, manage your limits. No, whether it’s open or closed, but really, really manage your boundaries, ”said Dr. Harris.
Both today The hosts were visibly confused at this point. Stefanovic ended the interview with the words “I’m so confused”.
WHAT DID THE WHO SAY?
Dr. Nabarro told WATCH: Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19, tells Andrew Neil: 'We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method'. Watch the full interview here: https://t.co/XLdaedsKVS #SpectatorTV @afneil | @davidnabarro pic.twitter.com/1M4xf3VnXQ WATCH: Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19, tells Andrew Neil: 'We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method'. Watch the full interview here: https://t.co/XLdaedsKVS #SpectatorTV @afneil | @davidnabarro pic.twitter.com/1M4xf3VnXQ
that WHO “does not advocate lockdown as the primary means of combating this virus”.
WATCH: Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19, tells Andrew Neil: 'We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method'. Watch the full interview here: https://t.co/XLdaedsKVS #SpectatorTV @afneil | @davidnabarro pic.twitter.com/1M4xf3VnXQ— The Spectator (@spectator) October 9, 2020
“The only time we believe a lockdown is warranted is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources and protect your exhausted health workforce, but by and large we want it better not do it, ”he said.
Dr. Nabarro’s main criticism of lockdowns concerned the global impact and explained how the poorer economies were indirectly affected.
“For example, look at what happened to the tourism industry in the Caribbean or the Pacific because people don’t go on vacation,” he said.
“Look what happened to smallholders around the world. … See what happens to poverty. It seems that global poverty will double by next year. Child malnutrition may at least double. ”
Melbourne’s lockdown has been hailed as one of the strictest and longest in the world. During the Spanish lockdown in March, people were only allowed to leave their homes if they were taking their pet for a walk. In China, authorities welded doors to prevent people from leaving their homes. The WHO considers these steps largely unnecessary.
Instead, Dr. Nabarro for a new approach to contain the virus.
“And so we really appeal to all the world’s leading companies: stop using lockdown as your primary method of control. Develop better systems for this. Work together and learn from one another. ”
– Mit Alex Turner-Cohen
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