Monday, September 26, 2022

Canada’s lockdown went against ‘hard lessons’ learned from previous pandemics: emergency management expert


WHO guidelines issued prior to COVID-19 warn against measures such as closing businesses and schools to curb the pandemic

Canada’s use of the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic goes against all previous knowledge, published studies and Canadian pandemic response plans, They say A former head of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, saying the collateral damage would last at least a generation.

we just ignored [existing pandemic plans] And put those medical officers in charge, who were not trained to do so.” Said David Redmayne, adding that existing plans for all provinces and territories as well as the federal government can be found Epidemic

was speaking in redman Webinar organized by Frontier Center for Public Policy on 29 July, Commenting on how governments have bypassed pre-established emergency plans designed on the basis of “all the hard lessons learned” from past pandemics.

He pointed to a guidance document published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2019, before the arrival of COVID-19, titled “Non-drug public health measures to reduce the risk and impact of pandemic and pandemic influenza.

“The world’s best infectious disease doctors produced this document repeatedly every five years, which was updated immediately before this pandemic,” Redman said.

“out of 15” [non-pharmaceutical interventions listed in the document]-Those we have come to know, closing businesses, closing schools, isolating exposed people – all three of them were strongly recommended against epidemics of this nature,” he said. “Why? Because it was known from past pandemics that those measures have no significant effect on the spread of the viral disease of the nature of COVID.”

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David Redmayne, former executive director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, in August 2018. (handout)

Quarantine of exposed persons, entry and exit screening for infection in travellers, border closures, and contact tracing are among the six non-drug interventions (NPIs) listed in the WHO document, which are not recommended under any circumstances.

The document additionally states that “tEvidence on the effectiveness of NPIs in community settings is limited, and the overall quality of the evidence [of their effectiveness in reducing influenza transmission] was too little for most interventions.

“Workplace closures should only be considered in exceptionally severe epidemics and pandemics, the last step to be considered,” the WHO document said. And while she said school closures could be used “during a severe pandemic or pandemic”, she advised that “the Adverse effects on the community must be fully considered (eg family burden and economic considerations), and the time and duration should be limited to the period that is considered optimal.

case of due diligence

Several scientific studies have been conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic to review the effectiveness of the lockdown. A study published in January in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, titled “To assess the effects of mandatory stay-at-home and business closures on the spread of COVID-19,Called these measures “the most restrictive NPIs to control the spread of COVID-19” and concluded that they do not produce the desired results.

“While small gains cannot be excluded, we do not find significant gains on growth in the case of more restrictive NPIs. Similar reductions in the case may be achieved with less restrictive interventions,” states the study. .

Title in your paper”Canada’s fatal response to COVID-19Redman wrote that the use of these NPIs was discussed during the development of pandemic plans in virtually every province and territory, as well as at the federal level, knowing and taking into account the advantages and disadvantages.

“I can’t understand why they didn’t follow through on plans they knew existed,” he said in the webinar. “And that’s due diligence for me – you either knew or should have known.”

Redman also noted in his paper that by mid-March 2020, it had become known that the people most at risk from COVID-19 were seniors.

For example, their paper cited a WHO report from the week of March 23-29, 2020, which saw an increase in mortality for people aged 50 and over european area. For people under age 50, COVID-19 “was not fatal in most cases, appearing to be less severe than annual seasonal influenza,” Redman wrote. “The COVID-19 virus was recognized as a serious concern, for those over the age of 70 and those over the age of 60 with other serious comorbidities.”

Redmayne argued that governments, due to a lack of due diligence, jumped on “obvious or seemingly logical assumptions about how to solve tasks”. One example, he said, “was the belief that the only way to tackle COVID-19 was to enforce the severe authoritarian lockdowns seen in China.”

“We had time to develop the most at-risk care options, but chose to follow the failed lockdowns of China, Italy and Spain in the first wave,” he wrote. “In subsequent waves, ignoring all the evidence and science, we continued to observe an unsuccessful use of the lockdown, killing thousands of our most at-risk people.”

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Paramedics move an elderly patient from TenderCare Living Center to a long-term care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic on December 23, 2020 in Scarborough, Ont. (Canadian Press/Nathan Dennett)

use of fear

Redmayne noted that the “unconscious use of fear” to ensure public compliance during this pandemic has “violated a breach of trust in a government that will last a decade or more. The damage to our democracy is at least one.” Will last for generations.”

“The deliberate use of modeling to create fear (never considered for use as such), the use of daily case matters to create fear, the use of specific cases to convince the public that COVID- 19 was equally lethal for all. The group, with misleading percentages given for the spread, uses the term ‘types of concern’ and uses words such as ‘could be more deadly,’ never attempting to put COVID-19 in the perspective of other everyday risks As if lockdown is the only way. to save lives. These are all instruments of fear to control the masses,” he wrote.

They stated in their paper that the use of fear, intentionally or not, would be long-term, unpredictable, uncontrollable and result in serious collateral damage.

Overall, the lockdown has caused massive collateral damage to mental health, social health, the education and socialization of children, individuals with other serious illnesses, the national economy, civil rights and faith in democracy, Redmayne wrote.

Redmayne said the prime minister, premier and medical officials of health are responsible for this “deadly Canadian response”.

“When areas of responsibility are not met, either by lack of due diligence or willful disregard for requirements, accountability must be enforced.”


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