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Dear Editor:

I was dismayed if not surprised to see your pages (Ask The Doc, 4/1/2021) advocating for the debunked wackadoodle science of the Great Barrington Declaration, which advocated for a “herd immunity” solution to COVID-19 rather than any measures that might actually save people’s lives. It might be relevant to let your readers know that the Declaration was funded by a Charles Koch-backed think tank network that’s also behind other bold scientific research such as “climate change isn’t real,” “burning coal for power is totally fine,” or “tobacco is harmless.” Despite the seemingly impressive citations, the call for a herd immunity strategy and the rejection of COVID-19 safety measures, like these other fringe beliefs, have been resoundingly rejected by the scientific community.

Michael Connor

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