COLUMN/ THE WRITE LINE
Dr. Amitav Banerjee
August 27, 2022: Dr. Anthony Fauci, by his various acts of omissions and commissions, had a major role to play in the clumsy, inefficient, and unscientific manner in which the coronavirus pandemic was handled, causing so much misery and despair due to the loss of lives and livelihoods.
The control of pandemics has to follow the classic principles of epidemiology. One of them is called risk approach, which says population-level interventions should be directed to the groups of people at highest risk.
Early in the coronavirus pandemic, it was evident that there was a huge difference in fatalities from the infection. The elderly and frail, aged over 70 years, were more than a thousand times likely to succumb to the disease compared to the young and healthy.
There was no rationale in recommending closure of educational institutions and businesses, but only a…
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