• Gregg M. Yamada, MD FACC

The COVID-19 Lockdown Controversy?

Updated: Aug 15

The epidemiologists are engaged in a heated debate on whether or not Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx were correct in recommending the complete lockdown of our society.

Should We Have Locked Down of Our Society?

  • Everyone understands that the purpose of the 'lockdown' was to 'flatten the COVID-19 curve' in order to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system and to allow enough time for hospitals to obtain ventilators, PPE, etc.

  • Also, it was hoped by Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx (US Government Corona Virus Task Force) that a lockdown would lessen the infection rate and, therefore, the death rate. The rationale was to gradually reopen the economy.


  • However, most people are not aware that the recommendations made by Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx (US) and Dr. Neil Fergusson (UK) to lockdown society (businesses and schools) represent just one approach to dealing with a pandemic.

  • Many leading virologists and epidemiologists believe the lockdown of society was unnecessary.

  • In fact, these experts believe that COVID-19's lethality was incorrectly reported by the WHO, Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, and Dr. Fergusson -- and that the economic consequences of the lockdown will cause more deaths than COVID-19 itself.

What is the Answer?

  • Please perform your own internet search and formulate your own opinion. Below are just a sampling of reports and interviews.

  • It would be welcome news if COVID-19 is not as lethal as once thought.

  • However, the entire matter has become an intensely political and an emotional which confuses the entire discussion.

Doctors In Favor of the Lockdown

Dr. Anthony Fauci's positions on extending the lockdown.

Dr. Anthony Fauci's position on reopening businesses

Dr. Deborah Birx's statements regarding reopening business.

Prof. Neil Ferguson defends UK Coronavirus lockdown strategy.

Doctors Opposed to the Lockdown

Prof. Johan Giesecke: 'Why Lockdowns are the Wrong Policy.'

Professor Hendrik Streeck: 'Covid-19 is less deadly than we thought.'

Dr. Michael Levitt Professor of Computer Science and Molecular Biology at Stanford (Nobel laureate in Chemistry), is not an epidemiologist, but applied his mathematical skills to analyze COVID-19 lockdown policy.

Dr. John Ioannidis Stanford Professor provides an interview on Journeyman Documentary.

Dr. Knut Wittkowski presents his opinion.

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, epidemiologist, presented an open letter to the German Chancellor.

Note: Understanding your heart condition is not difficult. Patients become frustrated and confused when doctors don’t explain things clearly. If you don’t understand what your doctor is talking about, then you won’t be able to ask meaningful questions. I hope that my posts provide you with a framework that you can build upon to become an active participant in your healthcare.

Stay Healthy!

Gregg M. Yamada MD FACC

Disclaimer: I hope you find my medical blogs to be pertinent, interesting, and thought provoking. The information provided is educational and should not be taken as medical advice. I am a doctor, but I am not your doctor. Please schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss these issues and to determine what is right for you.

© 2019. Gregg M. Yamada, MD FACC. All rights reserved.


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Disclaimer: This website and my statements are educational only and not intended as medical recommendations or advice for any specific patient or a specific condition. I am a cardiologist, but I am not your cardiologist. You must discuss with your personal cardiologist if information you obtain is pertinent to your specific condition and situation. Never begin a diet or exercise program, or change/modify/discontinue any therapy or treatment without the approval of your personal physician.