Two California doctors are sounding the alarm about forced quarantining healthy people. Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi say quarantines are causing more harm than good amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The doctors say quarantines are no longer necessary because the coronavirus is statistically no different from the flu.
The doctors, who own seven Accelerated Urgent Care facilities in Kern County, California, held a press conference to explain their data to local media.
Both doctors say the death rates for Covid-19 are similar to those for the flu -- and there is no justification to continue sheltering in place.
Using data gathered at their facilities and their medical knowledge, the doctors concluded Covid-19 "did not produce a statistically different number of deaths" than the influenza virus. That's the bottom line," said Erickson.
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The doctors say sick people or vulnerable populations should be quarantined and that keeping people indoors prohibits herd immunity and can actually compromise the immune system in otherwise healthy people.
Dr. Erickson explained that the human immune system is actually developed by multiple exposure to pathogens.
Herd immunity, also called population immunity or community immunity, protects against infectious diseases that occur when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous vaccinations or through regular exposure to viruses and bacteria.
The physicians say herd immunity can't form if the majority of healthy people stay indoors. Herd immunity also increases good bacteria that helps us fight off infections.
The combination of reducing regular exposure to pathogens in the community and lowering the good bacteria that helps us fight infections is concerning to both doctors.
The physicians say Covid-19 guidelines are not backed by science, but rather by politics. The highest death rates are in Democratic-controlled states, leading to suspicions that the death rates are being padded for political or financial gain.
Dr. Erickson explained that the vast majority of people are dying with Covid-19, not from Covid-19.
He hit back at reporters who challenged his data, saying reporters are being paid while their fellow citizens are losing their jobs.
Multiple states have plans to reopen within the next few weeks. But that didn't keep thousands of citizens from hitting the beaches for fun and sun over the weekend.
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Florida beaches were packed with sunbathers who ignored the news media and Democratic fear mongers. Some say they are safer outdoors in the sunlight than indoors in the dark.
Last week, President Trump touted the beneficial effects of sunlight that has been proven to kill the Covid-19 virus within minutes.