While health authorities keep demanding more lockdowns to stop COVID, study after study is revealing that the lockdowns did not work. Of course, that is presuming that their actual purpose was to stop the spread of COVID and reduce deaths.
Yet another study conducted by the Harris School of Public Policy reveals that the lockdowns had little to no impact on COVID.
Lockdown Skeptics reports on the study:
A new study from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago has analysed the impact of stay-at-home orders on infections and deaths in U.S. states and found they made no difference.
The peer-reviewed study, published in the scientific journal PNAS, found stay-at-home orders (also known as shelter-in-place orders or SIPs) were not associated with lower infections or deaths; furthermore, they were actually associated with a slight increase in infections and deaths, although this was not statistically significant. The results are summarised in the charts below, where dots above the dashed line indicate an increase and dots below a decrease. Red dots are statistically significant results.
The study adds that as the pandemic set in people were already starting to be careful and the lockdowns that destroyed businesses and people’s lives made no significant difference.
The peer reviewed study reported:
The previously presented evidence on the effectiveness of SIP [Shelter in Place – lockdown] orders appears to be misleading, and there is currently no compelling evidence to suggest that SIP policies saved a large number of lives or significantly mitigated the spread of COVID-19. However, this does not mean that voluntary social distancing – SIP practice as distinct from policy – was ineffective.
Of course, this is not the first time people have said this.