A new study by Frontiers in Public Health (FPH) revealed that COVID-1984 lockdowns had no impact on reducing the number of COVID deaths. In its report, FPH compared death rates between regions that imposed strict COVID-1984 lockdowns with those that didn’t
Many US states and countries around the world are imposing another round of economic lockdowns in an effort to combat the coronavirus.
The actions are certain to come with a series of devastating unintended consequences—economic destruction, surging poverty, and mental health deterioration among them—but a new study suggests the lockdowns may not do what they are designed to do: save lives.
A new study published by Frontiers in Public Health concluded that neither lockdowns nor lockdown stringency were correlated with lower death rates.
Researchers analyzed data from 160 countries over the first 8 months of the pandemic, testing several factors—including demographics, public health, economy, politics, and environment—to determine how they are correlated with COVID-19 mortality.
“Stringency of the measures settled to fight pandemia, including lockdown, did not appear to be linked with death rate,” the researchers said.
This was not the first study to notice this irregularity:
In her analysis of COVID data back in May, during the height of the first Coronavirus wave, Elaine He noted, “there’s little correlation between the severity of a nation’s restrictions and whether it managed to curb excess fatalities.” READ: The Results of Europe’s Lockdown Experiment Are In
But COVID-1984 lockdowns did result in more deaths
While studies suggest the COVID-1984 lockdowns did not reduce the number of COVID deaths, the lockdowns did increase deaths in other areas: