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Ron Paul: Listen to the Doctors, End the Lockdowns

Former Congressman Ron Paul was the 1988 presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party. His two runs for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012 brought notice to the libertarian movement.  He published the following editorial on the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity site yesterday: 

Six hundred physicians recently signed a letter to President Trump calling for an end to the coronavirus lockdowns. The physicians wrote that, far from protecting public health, the lockdowns are causing “exponentially growing negative health consequences” for millions of Americans.

Since the lockdowns began, there have been increases in alcoholism, drug abuse, and domestic violence. There has also been an increase in calls to suicide hotlines. This is a direct result of the mass unemployment and limitations on people’s activities resulting from the lockdowns. As long as millions of Americans are sitting at home wondering how to survive until the government says they can go back to work — assuming the lockdowns did not drive their employers out of business, there will be more substance abuse and suicides.

At the start of the lockdowns, Americans were told to stay away from emergency rooms and doctors’ offices to avoid exposure to coronavirus. This has led Americans to neglect their health. US hospitals have seen a 40 percent decline in the number of patients admitted for severe heart attacks since March. Does anyone believe that the coronavirus panic just happened to coincide with a miraculous decline in heart attacks?

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One Comment

  1. SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly June 1, 2020

    Latest best estimates are that COVID has a fatality rate of 4x that of “just the flu.”

    As a skeptical leftist, scientific-minded Green (for now) and ardent believer that at least parts of the “horseshoe theory” are true, it’s too bad Paul doesn’t have a link to a PDF of that letter, so I can scan the 600 physicians names for antivaxxers, hydrochloroquine miracle cure peddlers and various other snake oil artists.

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