Alex Berenson’s latest chapter in a series of books about Covid-19, the first of which was briefly censored by Amazon, questions both the media’s coverage of the pandemic and the effectiveness of lockdowns.
“I think it’s really important, at a time when 90 percent of media… is saying the same thing, with very little pushback or smart questioning, to get different perspectives,” Berenson told Fox News about the self-published ‘Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 2: Update and Examination of Lockdowns as a Strategy.’
“Even if you disagree with me completely, it’s always good to know what other people are thinking,” he added.
The first part in the reporter’s series of Covid-19 books was censored by Amazon for allegedly spreading misinformation about the pandemic. The e-commerce company refused to publish the work, which questioned the hysteria around coronavirus, but ultimately folded after many blasted the company, including SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who accused the company of being a “monopoly.”
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The main theme of Berenson’s second book is questioning whether lockdown measures taken by various states in the US are a good strategy in battling the spread of a virus.
“Lockdowns really came out of nowhere. When you look at the history of lockdowns, they were rejected over and over again as a tool when we were considering what to do about flu epidemics, including flu epidemics that would have been much worse than what the coronavirus epidemic is,” Berenson says, adding that the acceptance of these measures is “completely unprecedented.”
“Even during World War II, yes the US government took over large industries and quasi-nationalized production of essential commodities and stuff, there weren’t efforts to control people’s actions,” he said. “This really is unprecedented.”
The author, who has been dismissed by his ex-employer the New York Times as a Covid-19 “contrarian,” says he can’t “imagine” lockdowns continuing for much longer, or for there to be any national shutdowns as some Democrats have suggested, because it has become clear how “destructive” the measures really are to the economy, mental health, and children kept out of school.
Hospitalizations and death rates from the virus in states with strict lockdown mandates, like New York, compared to ones with more laidback measures, like Texas and Florida, also show that mass quarantine procedures do not make much of a difference.
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“The death counts will still continue to rise, but they accomplished that without a major lockdown,” he said. (RT)
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