"The Catastrophic Impact of Covid Forced Societal Lockdowns"
By Paul Alexander, Peter McCullough, et al., AIER, January 8, 2021
By JOHN LEAKE
Last night, Dr. Paul Alexander called me (John Leake) to express concern that Dr. McCullough’s work over the last three years is being misrepresented on Twitter by a lawyer named Michael P. Senger, who tweeted on January 8, 2022:
Peter McCullough is the most overrated “COVID skeptic” account. … McCullough never actually opposed lockdowns before 2022, and his narrative was never about easing COVID hysteria.
Dr. Alexander feels that Mr. Senger must surely know that this assertion cannot be true. After all, Mr. Senger states on his Twitter profile that he is a contributor to the Brownstone Institute, whose Founder and President, Jeffrey Tucker, published Dr. Alexander’s essay, The Catastrophic Impact of Covid Forced Societal Lockdowns on January 30, 2021. At this time, Mr. Tucker was the Editorial Director of the American Institute for Economic Research, which published the paper.
As Dr. Alexander pointed out to me last night, Dr. McCullough was a contributing author to this essay. What’s more, Dr. Alexander and his colleagues wrote it in 2020.
Already in late March of 2020, Dr. McCullough recognized that COVID-19 is a highly risk stratified illness and does NOT pose a serious threat to the young and healthy. From this recognition, he realized that the only rational policy response was to ascertain who was being hospitalized with COVID-19 in order to determine the primary risk factors for severe illness. He therefore called on the Trump Administration to order the daily publication of hospital census data. Equipped with this understanding, doctors could identify high risk patients and treat them before they sickened to the point of requiring hospitalization.
Dr. McCullough’s “narrative” (to use the attorney’s term) has always been about treating COVID-19 patients in order to prevent their hospitalization and death.
As a treating physician (as distinct from an attorney) he felt a duty to help sick patients, including his father, wife, and close friends. Like his colleague, Dr. Paul Marik, Dr. McCullough has seen with his own eyes how COVID-19 can, for certain people, be an extremely grave and even fatal disease.
On August 6, 2020, the American Journal of Medicine published his paper “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection.” Out of the approximately 50,000 papers published about the viral infection at that time, this was the first to instruct doctors in how to treat it. The authors, Peter McCullough, Harvey Risch et al., summarized their work as follows:
This article outlines key pathophysiological principles that relate to the patient with early infection treated at home. Therapeutic approaches based on these principles include 1) reduction of reinoculation, 2) combination antiviral therapy, 3) immunomodulation, 4) antiplatelet/antithrombotic therapy, and 5) administration of oxygen, monitoring, and telemedicine
Dr. McCullough was also the first doctor in the United States to describe (in an August 17, 2020 editorial in The Hill) the COVID-19 vaccine program as a great gamble with the safety of mankind.
Finally, according to research conducted by Steve Kirsch, Dr. McCullough was the first qualified medical doctor in the United States to publicly demand a halt to the COVID vax program. He made this demand March 10, 2021.
Dr. Alexander feels it is important to remind the public that over two years ago, he and Dr. McCullough and their colleagues published an essay about the Catastrophic Impact of Lockdowns. Dr. Alexander therefore wrote a Substack post today about his research and experiencing in publishing this paper.