Coronavirus policy at the national, state, and local levels has been largely characterized by the abandonment of common sense as governments have imposed a new array of draconian measures on the people in response to an infectious disease that is not a particularly greater danger than others that have been dealt with in regular course over the decades.
In this environment, it was refreshing to hear Ron Paul, the former Republican United Sates House of Representatives member from Texas and long-time doctor, present in a Monday interview with host Stuart Varney at Fox Business some of the common sense approach that could have instead been employed in America in reaction to coronavirus.
Instead of imposing lockdowns as was done in much of America, Paul argues in the interview that Sweden provides a good example for what American politicians should have done. By not having a lockdown and by largely letting coronavirus run its course, the government of Sweden, Paul says, demonstrated a better policy health policy that also prevented Sweden from suffering the economic hardship that lockdowns bring.
Concerning hydroxychloroquine that some doctors relate has been very helpful for many or their patients, Paul derides the government-imposed barriers to doctors trying to help their patients with the drug that Paul describes as “something that’s been around for 65 years and in my opinion is a very safe drug and very effective.”
Looking forward to the potential of a vaccine for coronavirus, the developing of which has been the justification of much US government spending, Paul advises caution. Paul says in the interview that he thinks the vaccine quest will be “a fruitless adventure,” noting the not so promising efforts so far and the failure in the past for good vaccines to be developed for other coronaviruses.
Watch Paul’s interview here:
Paul further discusses in a Monday editorial some of the coronavirus policy matters he addressed in the Fox Business interview. You can read that editorial here