Stunning Reports Show That Lockdowns Hurt Us More Than Prevented the Spread

Stunning Reports Show That Lockdowns Hurt Us More Than Prevented the Spread

( – During the early months of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, long before the country became divided over masks and vaccines, the most controversial topic of discussion was lockdowns. Some people believed they were a vital measure to help reduce viral spread, while others thought they were unnecessarily laying waste to small businesses. Now, new evidence has emerged that supports the latter point of view.

Three researchers from Johns Hopkins University released a paper examining the effectiveness of movement restrictions in keeping COVID death rates low in the US, the UK and Europe. The research indicates lockdown measures, such as stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements, reduced COVID-related mortality by just 0.2%.

With this low figure in mind, and considering the “enormous economic and social costs” the restrictions incurred, the authors recommend getting rid of lockdowns as a pandemic management tool going forward.

The trio’s paper is a meta-analysis, which means it combined the results of other studies to reach its conclusions. It took data from no fewer than 24 previous studies.

Border closures were reportedly the least effective individual measure, reducing mortality rates by just 0.1%. The closure of nonessential shops, on the other hand, was found to be much more effective, reducing COVID death rates by an estimated 10.6%.

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