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Study: Lockdowns did not reduce COVID spread or deaths

Covid lockdown sign in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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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.

READ: Stay-at-Home Lockdowns Made No Difference to Covid Deaths in U.S. States – Study

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.

READ the study: Evaluating the effects of shelter-in-place policies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Of course, this is not the first time people have said this.

READToronto Sun runs interview with three medical experts calling lockdowns ‘waste of time’

READFUREY: New Canadian study breaks down ‘ineffectiveness’ and harms of lockdowns

READBlue States’ COVID Restrictions Are Killing Jobs, But Not The Virus

READLockdowns Not Linked With Lower COVID Death Rates, New Study Finds

READNew study: Coronavirus lockdowns don’t save lives

READLockdowns DON’T work, study claims: Researchers say stay-at-home orders made no difference to coronavirus deaths around the world – but prior health levels DID

READCOVID-19 death rate is 75% lower in states that didn’t lock down: WSJ

READThe Results of Europe’s Lockdown Experiment Are In

READCOVID Lockdowns Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows

READCalifornia Has the Strictest Lockdown in the US—and the Most Active COVID Cases (by Far

READDo Lockdowns Make A Difference In A Pandemic?

READStudy: Lockdowns have no impact on COVID-19 deaths

READLockdowns failed to alter the course of pandemic and are now destroying millions of livelihoods worldwide, JP Morgan study claims

READNew study: Coronavirus lockdowns don’t save lives

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