ACT NOW: Ask your mayor and your governor to reopen your town, city and state!
- Governors and mayors across the country have taken unprecedented action by restricting the movement of healthy individuals, closing places of worship and public spaces, and interfering with business by ordering them to close their doors.
- There is a growing realization that government-imposed orders intended to contain the spread of the coronavirus are creating widespread devastation.
- One in four Americans has lost either part or all of their income since the end of March, and the GDP has fallen by 24 percent.
- US data shows that the case fatality rate might be as low as 0.1% — in other words, akin to the mortality rate of a severe seasonal flu. Ninety percent of those who are severely affected have an underlying health condition.
- Cases in which COVID-19 are merely suspected to be a cause of death are being recorded as official COVID-19 deaths.
- Americans are wondering how long they will be required to comply with orders that force healthy individuals to indefinitely stay at home and businesses deemed as “non-essential” to stay closed.
- Individuals are capable of taking precautions to avoid COVID-19. Those who are vulnerable or who have COVID-19 should stay home, but healthy individuals need to return to work so that our jobs, our economy and our well-being are not destroyed.
- It’s time to stand and request commonsense policies that protect the vulnerable while restoring individuals’ livelihoods and mitigating the repercussions of an indefinite shutdown. Email your governor and mayor NOW to urge them to lift the stay-at-home orders for healthy individuals.
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CALL TO ACTION:
With so many lives being profoundly affected in such a short time, people are now wondering whether the emergency measures being imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus are more harmful than the virus itself. Over the past few weeks, we have heard positive news reports that the virus is not nearly as lethal as originally projected. At the same time, we have witnessed a staggering rise in unemployment, with more than 16 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits between March 15 and April 4. Many small businesses have been forced to shut down. Entire business sectors are in distress. And the International Monetary Fund is now projecting that our country is headed for the worst economic recession it has experienced since the Great Depression.
Citizens Are Struggling To Survive Under Lockdown
Stand for Health Freedom recently conducted a survey of our readers to gauge how they are being affected by the pandemic. Nearly 6,000 individuals responded with heart-breaking stories of their struggles to survive financially, physically and emotionally. Some of the reports we received are dire:
- individuals being denied life-saving medical treatments to preserve supplies for COVID-positive patients
- mothers being separated from their newborn babies
- pregnant women being bullied into having C-sections to avoid hospital crowding
- widespread despair, depression and devastation from job losses, isolation and a lack of support systems
These reports, along with knowledge about the devastating effects of joblessness — including stress-induced heart attacks and suicide — give rise to a growing realization that government-sanctioned orders intended to contain the spread of the coronavirus are creating widespread devastation. One in four Americans has either lost part or all of their income since the end of March, and the GDP has fallen by 24 percent. A children’s shelter in Indianapolis reported a 472% increase in demand for its services in a period of weeks. A restaurant owner in Washington state spent more than eight years growing his establishment into an icon in his city — only to see his assets, retirement plan and livelihood shattered when he had to suddenly (and perhaps permanently) close his doors. Industries nationwide are seeking trillions in government aid. We are only weeks into this national emergency; the economic fallout under a continued lockdown will be far more profound.
US Deaths Dramatically Lower Than Expected
On March 14, the Imperial College model — the model used as the basis for the drastic measures that were taken across the country — estimated that over 2 million Americans would die if the entire nation was not locked down. The estimations also cited the need for social distancing measures for as long as 18 months “until a vaccine is available.” The lead author, Neil Ferguson, later unapologetically retracted that estimate, even though it had already adversely affected hundreds of millions of lives. Ferguson also acknowledged that two-thirds of people whom the Imperial College projected would die from COVID-19 would have died with or without the infection due to chronic disease and related co-morbidities.
Likewise, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an advisor to President Trump, also used the Imperial College estimates to spur President Trump’s call for social distancing and widespread stay-at-home orders. A few weeks later, however, an editorial by Fauci in the New England Journal of Medicine“Covid-19 – Navigating the Uncharted,” suggested the case fatality rate might be as low as 0.1% — in other words, akin to the mortality rate of a severe seasonal flu.
Moreover, an April 10 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that nearly 90% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 have an underlying condition. This is in line with the Italian government’s top health agency finding that 99% of COVID-related fatalities within their population were from individuals with pre-existing, life-threatening conditions.
Decisions Affecting Millions Are Being Made Based On “Suspected” COVID Deaths
Both the US health statistics agency and the World Health Organization have announced that the certification of “deaths by COVID-19” require zero proof that the virus actually caused the death. This means that the official death statistics for COVID-19 do not require cases to be positively confirmed through virus testing. Cases in which COVID-19 are merely suspected to be a cause of death are being recorded as official COVID-19 deaths. Public officials cannot make properly informed decisions based on inaccurate information, so we must urge them to reconsider drastic emergency measures they imposed based on faulty data.
It’s Time to Stand – Urge Your Lawmakers to Re-open Your City and State
Americans are wondering how long they will be required to comply with orders that force healthy individuals to indefinitely stay at home and businesses deemed as “non-essential” to stay closed. We recognize that state governments have very broad police powers in times of emergency. However, the state must use those powers wisely. Arbitrary and oppressive government action is unconstitutional, even during a declared national emergency. This means that state and local lawmakers have a duty to take the least restrictive measures in response to issues that stem from an emergency.
There have been indications this week that states may plan to reopen soon. We must, however, let our governors and mayors know that it is not their job to guarantee health or to privilege certain lives over others. Individuals are capable of taking precautions to avoid COVID-19. Those who are vulnerable or who have COVID-19 should stay home, but healthy individuals need to return to work so that our jobs, our economy and our well-being are not destroyed.
It’s time to stand and request commonsense policies to protect the vulnerable while restoring livelihoods and mitigating the repercussions of an indefinite shutdown. Email your governor and mayor NOW to urge them to lift all stay-at-home orders no later than May 1. Then share this with your family, friends and those in your community so they can have the opportunity to stand.
*If you live in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming, your governor will not receive a letter because we found no indication of an order for healthy individuals to stay at home or for businesses to close.
**If you live in one of the top 250 cities in America by population, your mayor will receive a letter so long as your city is not one of the seven for which we found no indication of an order for healthy individuals to stay at home or for businesses to close.