AFLDS believes that since Covid-19 is far less lethal for the young and middle-aged, and approximately the same lethality as influenza for persons in their 70s, general American life should not be altered from our approach in past years.
One-size-fits all measures like mandatory lockdowns do more harm than good. The negative economic, mental health and social consequences outweigh any mitigation effects.
Physicians should practice medicine as they always have, using all the tools at their disposal including FDA-approved medications and treatments. There is to be no top-down approach to medicine; it must continue to be bottom-up decision-making based on patient experience.
AFLDS supports additional safeguards for at-risk groups like the elderly and frail, such as early access to treatments including prophylaxis options such as FDA medications or vaccines, fresh air and sunshine to counter lethal Vitamin D deficiency, as well as regular physical and social activity to maximize underlying health.
Taking decisions out of the control of patients and handing it over to government bureaucrats is harmful and counter-productive. More choice in healthcare leads to greater numbers of empowered patients.
The doctor-patient relationship is one of the last inviolable corners of American life. AFLDS wants our patients to know they are getting their doctors’ best advice. To achieve this, there must be as little government encroachment as possible.
Harmful Health Effects: Lockdowns are not feasible for seasonal viruses like influenza or Covid-19. In an urban, complex, modern world, shutting down the economy and human life for 1/3 of every year causes exponentially greater downstream harm in poverty, social isolation, depression, alcoholism, delayed and limited access to healthcare resulting in death. In addition drier, uncirculated air of indoor environments encourages viral transmission.
Don’t Work: The most obvious proof that lockdowns don’t work is Sweden (not locked down) whose numbers were better than her European neighbors which did lock down. Furthermore, during the second wave, Sweden’s numbers are much better than its neighbors, implying lockdowns are simply irrelevant, as the virus must just get through the community, and once it does, numbers are low. Even under conditions of extreme (voluntary) lockdown the virus gets through.
Illegal: There is no legal precedent or legal authority for the United States government to “lockdown” its citizens. The United States Supreme Court has ruled in Shelton v. Tucker 364 U.S. 479 (1960) that the government cannot broadly curtail personal liberty. And there is no legal precedent or authority for locking down healthy citizens. The police power of quarantine only is possible against ill persons. Jew Ho v. Williamson 103 F. 10 (1900) and Wong Wai v. Williamson 103 F. 384 (1900).