So where is the most dangerous place in America for catching COVID? Well, according to a study by University of Chicago economist Casey B. Mulligan, it is the close confines of a home.
If Mulligan is right, then the lockdowns, where politicians closed non-essential businesses and told people to stay home, actually contributed to the spread of COVID.
FEE explains the study:
“Schools, businesses, and other organizations implemented a range of prevention protocols – from adjusting airflow to installing physical barriers to monitoring compliance to administering their own testing services – that households did not, and perhaps could not,” Mulligan writes.
It turns out these measures actually made a difference. Mulligan offers specific examples.
For example, the Duke Health system—which consists of several hospitals and some 180 clinical practices in 10 counties in North Carolina—and 11 meat processing facilities in Nebraska saw infections rates plummet after implementing various safety precautions, such as erecting barriers between employees. In the case of Duke Health, an hour worked at the hospital system became exponentially safer (by a factor of three) than an hour worked outside the health system.
The irony, of course, is that even as work environments were increasingly becoming safer, many Americans were being forced to stay home in environments that were less ideal—such as crowded, poorly ventilated housing.
This was noticed in a survey of hospitalized COVID patients in New York City early last year. New York was in the midst of its lockdown and the three-day survey conducted in May 2020, revealed that 66% of the people hospitalized with COVID were coming from people locked down at home.
If the lockdowns were actually working, you would expect that most of the new cases would have been from nursing homes, or emergency and essential workers who were in contact with COVID patients on a daily basis.
In contrast to the 66% who came from homes, the New York Daily News provided a breakdown of where the rest were from:
According to the data, 18% of new cases came from nursing homes, 4% from assisted-living facilities, 2% from congregate-care facilities, 2% were homeless, less than 1% from prisons and 8% were marked as “other.”
Of course, there have been dozens of studies revealing that the lockdowns did not work. Here are a fews of the most recent.