Lockdowns imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been an "unfocused overreaction" that failed to protect the poor but have helped the rich, Stanford University Professor of Medicine Dr. Jay Bhattacharya told journalist Megyn Kelly recently.
"I've come to think of it as trickle-down epidemiology. We've used the lockdowns to protect the rich, whereas we essentially expose the — like in California for instance, it's the poor areas that have had the high death rates from COVID." Bhattacharya said during an episode of The Megyn Kelly Show. "The lockdowns haven't protected people living in places where there's high poverty. Minority populations, especially Hispanics, have been hard hit. Fifty percent of people who have had COVID deaths are Hispanic in California."
Bhattacharya is a co-author of The Great Barrington Declaration, a document published in 2020 that calls for the end of COVID-19 lockdowns because of their "devastating effects on short and long-term public health." To date, nearly 41,000 medical doctors and roughly 13,500 medical and public health workers have signed the document.
On Kelly's podcast show, he said the lockdowns have been "not actually protecting the population from COVID" but have inflicted great damage. The correct strategy, he says, would have been to find innovative ways to protect at-risk people while paying attention to "collateral damage" to the rest of the population.
Kelly specifically addressed school closures, which have affected populations unequally. Because many private schools have reopened while public schools remain closed, wealthy families have fared much better than those who cannot afford private school.