From top: St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin; at a COVID-19 HSE briefing press briefing last nighty were, above from left: Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry, Chair Cover 19 Expert advisory Group Dr Cillian De Gascon, Chief Medical Officer Dept of Health Dr Tony Holohan and Deputy chief Medical Officer Dept of Health Dr Ronan Glynn
1. I never felt the need to say this until now but as the lockdown goes on and it’s detrimental effects increase, I want to let you know that I’m an Irish doctor and I think the lockdown is a disproportionate measure and a breach of our fundamental human right to liberty #COVID19
— Alive 🦋 Beo (@life_beo) May 5, 2020
Via Alive Beo on Twitter:
I never felt the need to say this until now but as the lockdown goes on and it’s detrimental effects increase, I want to let you know that I’m an Irish doctor and I think the lockdown is a disproportionate measure and a breach of our fundamental human right to liberty
I am in a unique position in that I get a glimpse behind the scenes. A lot of scaremongering went on among colleagues, we were perpetually waiting for a surge that didn’t come- was never going to come- based on faulty models.
I think the second wave is a scare tactic. There’s no evidence that a second wave will happen. From the start this has been about scaring people to a big enough extent that they will comply with the recommendations set before them. Fear is the basis of compliance.
I could honestly write a book on the hysteria that went on in the lead up to the so-called surge expected. Intuitively I knew something was off from the start. Empty hospitals, work load quieter than ever. We were over staffed. All that hysteria got us into lockdown.
That’s why all the hospital staff have time to make TikTok videos. I’ve had more free time during my working day during this pandemic than I’ve ever had since I started working as a doctor.
There are going to be people who are trying to delegitimise your concerns about the indirect effects of prolonged lockdown.
They will call you crazy and ridicule you. My message is that you must not cower away from raising concerns. Keep fighting this!
I uphold the sanctity of human life from the moment of natural conception to the moment of natural death. I also uphold everyone’s human right to liberty.
I debated whether I should tell you this because I never want to use my career to boast or as a PR stunt. It’s my job. I don’t need people to clap for me. I just need to be true to myself and truthfully, it is my opinion that the public have been deceived to an extent.
I have earned my credentials and I gain nothing by lying to you. But I believe we need to #endthelockdownnow
I’m a nurse and I’m in total agreement. I have ever known a time in my career that was so quiet.
— Annette Barnaville (@AnnieBarnaville) May 6, 2020
Earlier: County By County
When are we going see the truth? Test results still taking up to 2 wks Such results are clinically USELESS! The elderly/ N.Hones have been largely ignored, and children don't transmit COVID. Lockdown is political not Medical. Deaths and suffering from Lockdown yet to be counted.
— Dr. Marcus De Brun (@indepdubnrth) May 5, 2020
“[We’re in for] massive trouble I’d say, with people with severe morbidity or mortality as a result of this.”
— TonightVMTV (@TonightVMTV) May 5, 2020