Two California doctors say it’s time to reopen America because the draconian nationwide shutdown is not the best way to fight the coronavirus. Instead, Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi argue that achieving “herd immunity” appears to be a better strategy to combat COVID-19 without decimating the economy.
Drs. Erickson and Massihi are emergency-room physicians who co-own Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California. They have a combined 40 years of experience treating viruses and respiratory infections.
Dr. Erickson is concerned that the overreaching shutdown orders are authoritarian, and not a science-based approach to stemming the coronavirus.
“If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights, you better have a really good reason — not just a theory,” Erickson said. “The data is showing us it’s time to lift (the lockdowns). So if we don’t lift, what is the reason?”
He continued: “This is not about science and it’s not even about COVID. When [authorities] use the word ‘safe’ — if you listen to the word ‘safe’, that’s about controlling you.”
Dr. Erickson added: “[You have] a 0.03% chance of dying from COVID in the state of California. Does that necessitate sheltering in place? Does that necessitate shutting down medical systems? Does that necessitate people being out of work?”
(Source: Ingraham Angle)
Dr. Erickson said “herd immunity” is a better strategy than a one-size-fits-all lockdown.
Herd immunity is achieved when enough people get the virus and recover from it. Or through vaccination.
“Once [herd immunity] hits 70 or 80 percent, the virus has nowhere else to go and it burns out,” Erickson said. “So I think the key is, the vaccine helps get you to herd immunity. But also, you can get to herd immunity without a vaccine.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci said a coronavirus vaccine won’t be available for 12 to 18 months. Many leftists say the United States should remain in lockdown until a vaccine is created.
However, most Americans simply cannot afford to remain under house arrest until October 2021. The entire country would be destroyed by then. Besides, it’s possible that a second wave could come, in which case achieving herd immunity before then becomes even more important.
Dr. Artin Massihi says indefinite national shutdowns and lockdowns are an untenable long-term strategy.
“One thing worth noting is that we think President Trump did a really good job of stopping travel from China as early as he did,” Dr. Massihi said. “The problem with social isolation is, how do you get out of it?”
Dr. Massihi said lawmakers and the medical community must consider the surges in depression, suicides, alcoholism, and drug abuse caused by the lockdowns before urging Americans to continue down this slippery slope.
“There are folks that are home who don’t have a job because they lost their source of income,” Massihi said. “There’s an increase in alcoholism. Folks are depressed, suicides are happening. People are struggling. So we felt we had to be an advocate for them and discuss this important issue. We’re advocates for the average American.”
Dr. Dan Erickson pointed out that physicians around the United States are being pressured to inflate coronavirus infection rates and deaths. Why? Because hospitals get massive amounts of federal money for every COVID infection and death they record, so there’s a crooked gravy train being promoted.
“When someone dies in this country right now, they’re not talking about high blood pressure, diabetes, or stroke. They’re saying ‘Did they die from COVID?'” Erickson said. “We’ve been to hundreds of autopsies. ER doctors now [say], ‘When I’m writing my death report, I’m being pressured to add COVID. Why is that?”
Pneumonia – $5000
COVID-19 – $13,000
COVID-19 on Ventilator – $39,000
Reclassify and get paid. Simple as that.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) April 27, 2020
Dr. Erickson’s observation echoes the statements of Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota physician who is also a Republican state senator.
Dr. Jensen explained that artificially boosting the number of COVID-19 deaths creates an avenue for states to receive a larger portion of federal dollars.
Dr. Jensen said: “Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it’s a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for, typically the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it’s ‘COVID-19 pneumonia,’ then it’s $13,000. And if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000.”
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