After sharing his opinions on pandemic rules, a university professor worries for his safety.
A PROFESSOR AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES has stated that he was concerned for his safety after a secret campus campaign targeted him because of his views on pandemic limits.
Professor Jay Bhattacharya, who has advocated for targeted safety rather than blanket limitations, said he felt terrified to stroll freely on university grounds for the first time in 35 years of studying and teaching at Stanford. He claimed that a’secret’ petition demanding for his censorship because of his opinions on masks had been disseminated, and that his photo had been plastered on posters.
He declared that he would not be intimidated, but warned that individuals who disagree with the “dangerous orthodoxy” that lockdowns are the only option are systematically dismissed and silenced.
According to him, a “environment of fear and repression” might lead to science being “killed.”
Along with Professor Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Professor Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University, the professor of medicine was one of the three authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.
This supports the idea of targeted security rather than blanket lockdowns.
Infectious disease epidemiologists and public health specialists signed the declaration in October 2020, but it was widely panned. Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated it was “simply not practicable” to “segregate the old and weak on our road to herd immunity.”
Prof Bhattacharya, who has advised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the state’s covid policy, claimed there was no consensus on how to combat the epidemic in an interview with the podcast Sketch Notes On A Pandemic.
Attempts to silence different ideas, he claimed, posed a threat to free speech and research.
“The culture of intellectual discourse at Stanford has been exceptionally closed to open debate and discussion in the last year and a half,” he remarked.
He described how, in recent weeks, he learned from a colleague that a petition had been circulating, authored by a member of the epidemiology faculty and accusing him of holding a “hazardous opinion” for the first time in his career.
This was in reference to his belief that children should not be required to wear masks. He said the petition was circulated in secret and demanded that he be “censored” by the institution.
It was accompanied by posters of him displayed in campus kiosks. “I was actually for a few,” he replied. Brinkwire Summary News