26 AUGUST 2021
by Abir Ballan, MPH
COVID-19 has been tragic for vulnerable populations. Many of us have lost loved ones and witnessed immense suffering brought on by the direct effects of the virus and the indirect effects of the pandemic response. The unprecedented measures that were implemented almost worldwide mark a drastic departure from pre-COVID-19 public healthguidelinesandpandemic preparedness plans. Lockdowns shift the burden of herd immunity to “essential workers”. Theyfailto protect the vulnerable and kill many people by denying treatment for other diseases and harming mental health. They destroy livelihoods and cause immensecollateral damage,particularly to the young and the poor.
COVID-19presents a serious risk of severe illness and death to the high-risk population (the elderly and individuals with multiple health problems) and a negligible risk to the vast majority of people.95%of deaths occur in individuals with 1 or…
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