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WHO doctor warns against lockdowns as primary method of pandemic control

A person wearing a face mask walks across London Bridge, with Tower Bridge in the background, at sunrise in London, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. In response to the coronavirus’ resurgence, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce in Parliament on Monday a three-tier local lockdown system, formally known as “Local COVID Alert Levels,” for England, his office said. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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UPDATED 10:46 AM PT – Monday, October 12, 2020

A World Health Organization doctor is urging world leaders to stop using lockdowns as their primary method to control the spread of COVID-19.

The organization’s special envoy on COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro, expressed concerns over the widespread economic consequences of prolonged lockdowns. He said such measures can be justified to “buy time” and allow officials to “regroup” and “reorganize. “However, he also noted that “by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

“So we’re saying that we really do have to learn how to coexist with this virus in a way that doesn’t require constant closing down of economies, but at the same time is not associated with high levels of suffering and death,” he explained. “It’s what we are calling the middle path.”

Dr. Nabarro went on to warn extended lockdowns present a clear threat to society’s most vulnerable. He said, “lockdowns just have one consequence and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.”

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