Commonwealth Policy Center

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 expert told world leaders they should stop “using lockdowns as [their] primary control method.” Dr. David Nabarro said lockdowns shouldn’t be the primary means to control the virus. He said the only time lockdown is justified is to “buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, [and] protect your health workers who are exhausted… .” The WHO is pushing against total lockdowns is because of the negative secondary effects. It is hurting farmers, increasing malnutrition, hunger, poverty, and driving nations into further debt. It is devastating to our social well-being. Coronavirus is serious, but WHO is reminding us that the one-size-fits-all lockdown policy is miserably failing.