Fact-Checking Fauci

Do lockdowns work?

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By Jim Bowman



There are several immediate problems with Fauci's arguments, including the fact that COVID cases are showing clear signs of a summer resurgence in the same European countries that allegedly tamed the virus through harsh lockdowns in the spring.


It didn't work? Sure enough . . . 

The American news media . . . seized on Fauci's narrative, and used it to call for renewed lockdowns. The New York Times and The Washington Post both editorialized in favor of a second stricter wave of nationwide lockdowns lasting until October – this despite there being no clear evidence that lockdowns actually work at taming the virus.


When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? (Apologies to P. Seeger)

Email: jimbowman7@aol.com Twitter: @BlitheSp

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Kevin Peppard  

Posted: August 15th, 2020 5:02 AM

I knew Jim from a political group back in the 90's. I then met him again when I ran for the D200 Board in the mid-90's, when he served in the PTO Caucus vetting group, since disbanded. I was the last candidate that night and someone else had failed to show up, so there was extra time. so I got a double session, because I offered provocative ideas on the Achievement Gap (Yes, that was current then). I proposed Mandatory Freshman Summer School as a a transition from the damage D97 had created, for everyone. It would be staggered to accommodate vacations and be in computer skills and English writing and used for better assessment and placement in the Fall, where things could be adjusted.. Elite River Foresters could take an academic course.in History.. A second initiative was to was to have Mandatory Freshman Activities., for bonding to replace the lack or parental support that some students suffer. There was a third one. A Black member of the Caucus (none of whom had regularly attended Board meetings) said : "This is like the Naval Academy!", with approval., where he had gone to Annapolis. Jim Bowman's remark was, "Kevin, these are great ideas.We just wish someone else had them. You' would dominate the Board.". Jim's wife was the Superintendent's secretary.. And so I was rejected, and then endorsed by the Wednesday Journal, and finished in the middle of the pack, with no cigar. That's the Jim Bowman I know.

U?is Spr?d?s  

Posted: August 14th, 2020 10:27 PM

The columnist seems offended by lockdown rules imposed, as it were, by some kind of elite. I would ask if the columnist feels that restrictions on indoor smoking are just as onerous a restriction on individual freedom? Or if seat belt laws should be abolished, for the same reason? Perhaps we should do away with speed limits, stop signs, and traffic lights? After all, aren't they all forms of social lockdown, depriving us of the freedom of motion?

Ken Van Spankerswanson  

Posted: August 13th, 2020 3:11 PM

Jim is clearly a trumper and antiscience guy. Jeff, the note about the twitter account was enlightening. Jim you have the right to your opinions but not your own facts.

Jeff Evans from Oak Park  

Posted: August 13th, 2020 1:15 PM

Now, any takers for fact checking your Twitter timeline, which is conveniently linked from the footer?

David Yamashita from Oak Park  

Posted: August 13th, 2020 7:55 AM

Well Jim, It is clear that you must have an equal or greater portfolio of experience and expertise than the individual that has led the US response on HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS, MERS and now COVID-19, especially when you can make the determination of competing studies supporting your opinion/belief. Pete Seger's line assumes that one actually learned something in the first place.

Jim Bowman from Chicago  

Posted: August 13th, 2020 4:48 AM

Jason, you are down on the human race except for its members who make rules for the rest of us? Not with you on this.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 8:30 PM

Jim, Yes :)

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 3:43 PM

This opinion piece leaves out so much info it's basically nonsense. Lockdowns were needed to stem the tide of people flowing into medical facilities. The other reason we need lockdowns is because we can't be trusted. The whole notion of personal responsibility has been shown to be a bunch of hot air. If there's no hard mandate for people to stay home or wear masks then many won't do them. A lockdown might be needed again because of this. If everyone would actually follow. the guidelines then we wouldn't need another one. We won't get a national policy and thanks to that we might be locking down again. This pandemic has proven that we can't even do the smallest things to protect our fellow countrymen which is a pretty sad state. So much for the idea that we would all come together if there's some sort of large catastrophe in the country/world.

Jim Bowman from Chicago  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 1:11 PM

Jahred, you sure you want to call a fellow commenter disingenuous?

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 12:07 PM

That's nonsense, Jim. The argument is over. Wear masks, keep a safe distance, and if case are increasing, avoid crowded inside environments.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 10:57 AM

Jim, this is no different from climate science. The vast, overwhelming majority of scientists are highly opposed to blindly opening up our economy right now. I don't refer to economists, nor to opinion columnists, but doctors and epidemiologists and virologists. In other words, those who actually know these things.

Nicholas Kalogeresis from Oak Park  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 10:30 AM

I'll take Fauci's word any day over an opinion columnist. The death of expertise in this country is what's killing us.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 10:18 AM

Bill, it's all about science -- competing studies and conclusions.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 10:17 AM

Not sure I understand your point, Neal. It's not right to compare the entire country of Sweden to specific states and regions in the US. Shut-downs in the US suffer from a complete lack of national response and the lack of borders between states. And you can't compare the US to other countries that are much healthier, have fewer comorbidities, and, of course, have access to Universal health care. Maybe you'd like to explain why the US is doing so poorly in general compared to the rest of the world despite having a head start (it arrived later here). I might suggest a complete lack of national strategy on how to shut down and keep people safe. But I'm just a scientist, what do I know?

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 10:02 AM

@Jaheed, I guess you've never been to Stockholm. I have. It's quite dense. Try another argument.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 9:58 AM

Neal, Comparing various states in the US with countries in Europe like that is useless at best, and I think is really disingenuous. NYC and the surrounding areas are dense and have lots of traffic from abroad. Similarly, IL was hit hard because Chicago is dense and it has ORD (it's hard to forget those awful videos of the airport before we shut down). Note how the virus first spread in IL through Chicago, then the burbs, and now mostly in more rural areas. If you want to compare Sweden to something, how about its neighbors Norway, Denmark and Finland, which have had much lower death rates? And it's not like the Swedish economy is humming right now. I find it frustrating that my community newspaper wants to give space to science denialism. Ugh.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 9:39 AM

Jahred, this paper knows all about me. Sorry.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 9:36 AM

Kevin, I talk to God, sure. The trick is to listen.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 8:37 AM

Sweden didn't lockdown. They have about 590 deaths per million. That's a lot, except when you compare Sweden to New Jersey (1,780), New York (1,680), and Illinois (610). They all locked down. Florida did better with about 310 per million. They didn't lockdown either.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 6:53 AM

This is just science denial. The people who appear to have the most profound need to learn are conservative who insist they can override facts of nature. This isn't bout media or politics. period. Stop make it seem to be so.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 5:29 AM

Lock-downs work. See: Italy. They're painful, but the alternative is 1M (that's 1 with 6 zeros after it) dead Americans. Our big problem in this country is that we have 50 different sets of rules and 50 difference setes of guidance and 50 governors all competing for equipment. It's almost as if we could use a competent national government that cares about its citizens. To be honest, I can't believe that this newspaper would give space to dangerous nonsense like this column.

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: August 12th, 2020 2:48 AM

Give Fauci the benefit of the doubt. Neither you nor I, nor Trump are Epidemiologists. At least I have a degree in science and know what credentials people need. You were a religion columnist. Perhaps you talk to God, but I don't have such a pipeline.

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