Co-authored by Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a Harvard University professor and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, a University of Oxford professor and epidemiologist with expertise in immunology; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University professor and epidemiologist who specializes in infectious disease and vulnerable populations, the petition has one simple request: end the lockdowns.
“Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people,” the Great Barrington Declaration, named after the Massachusetts town where it was authored on Oct. 4, explains.
“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short- and long-term public health.”
Forcing people to stay at home and avoid others is causing a spike in chronic illness and death, the petition contends.
Cardiovascular disease outcomes are worsening, fewer people are getting screened for cancer, vaccination rates are on the decline – this one is a good thing – and mental health is deteriorating, among many other disastrous outcomes.