If the goal of the lockdowns was to put millions of people out of work, destroy businesses and economic activity, increase depression and suicide rates, then the lockdowns were highly effective.
However, if the purpose was to prevent COVID-19 deaths, yet another study indicates the lockdowns were a failure. Because Sweden and US states such as South Dakota didn’t implement lockdowns it is now easy to compare their results with countries and states that did.
All Dr. Gilbert Berdine, a professor from Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center, did was compare the COVID death rate per million of jurisdictions that implemented a lock down, with Sweden that didn’t.
“The data suggest that lockdowns have not prevented any deaths from covid-19,” he wrote in an article for the Mises Institute.
“At best, lockdowns have deferred death for a short time, but they cannot possibly be continued for the long term,” he said. “It seems likely that one will not have to even compare economic deprivation with loss of life, as the final death toll following authoritarian lockdowns will most likely exceed the deaths from letting people choose how to manage their own risk.”
He concluded: “After taking the unprecedented economic depression into account, history will likely judge these lockdowns to be the greatest policy error of this generation.” […]
The professor noted Sweden “has been abused internationally, much as South Dakota has been abused in the U.S., but the outcome in Sweden has been good, and in South Dakota, excellent.”
Berdine noted that lockdown New York had five times as many COVID deaths per million than Sweden which didn’t implement a lockdown.
And sadly even a survey of people hospitalized in New York City in the midst of the pandemic, found that the 66% of the new Coronavirus patients were people who were locked down and forced to stay at home.
If lock downs were effective, you would expect that the majority of the new patients would involve people who were considered essential workers and working outside their homes. Of course, the bigger question is why no one noticed this? READ: REVEALED: 66% of New York state coronavirus hospitalizations are people staying at HOME and NOT essential workers – which begs question: Does lockdown even work?
And, of course, this wasn’t the first study to reveal that lockdowns did not work: