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COVID lockdown failure: Florida vs Vermont


If you want another example of how much the COVID lockdowns failed, you only have to compare Vermont with what is happening in Florida.

The Blaze reports that over the past summer, Vermont was the poster child of the mainstream media. It implemented lockdowns and masks and was considered the most vaccinated state in America.

And CNN provided a glowing report on Vermont, while at the same time heaping scorn upon Florida and its Governor, Ron DeSantis, who was refusing to implement lockdowns and or mask mandates.

Now three months later, how the tables have turned. While Florida now has the lowest per capita rates of COVID infection in the US, Vermont has one of the highest, even though it is one of the most vaccinated states.

The Blaze explains:

While Florida is now 50th in infections per 100,000, Vermont is tied for seventh, with an infection rate of 49 per 100,000. The state’s current rate is far above its previous record and shows no signs of slowing down. The state’s hospitalizations are on the incline, and its recent death numbers have tied the state’s previous records from last winter.

READ: The media used Vermont over the summer to tout vaccines and bash Florida. Now Vermont is seeing record cases and spikes in hospitalizations, deaths.

RELATED Comparing Florida to California: Masked California’s COVID rate is now twice Florida’s

And when is the last time you heard about Sweden.

Months ago, the country was being repeatedly bashed by the mainstream media for refusing to fully lock down its citizens. Everything stayed open, including schools. The only thing closed down were major sporting and concert events.

The country’s health minister even publicly discouraged the use of masks.

The goal was to build up a natural immunity to the virus by having people catch it.

So how did that plan work?

Today, Sweden has one of the lowest COVID infection rates in Europe and lowest death rates.

The Daily Mail explains:

Sweden has suffered fewer Covid deaths than most of Europe and is still recording lower infection rates, according to figures that suggest its lockdown gamble has paid off. 

The Scandinavian nation became an international outlier last year when it defied scientific advice and refused to follow the rest of the world in shutting down society to curb the virus’ spread.  

Not only has Sweden’s economy bounced back faster than any other country in the EU, latest data shows that it has also fared better than most in terms of lives lost during the pandemic.

READ: How Sweden’s lockdown gamble paid off: Nation has suffered fewer coronavirus deaths than most of Europe and has a lower infection rate

Natural immunity vs vaccine immunity

One factor that may be playing a role here is that natural immunity gained from catching COVID may not only be better, but longer lasting than the immunity a person receives from vaccination.

The authors of this study still recommended getting vaccinated because it helps your body fight off the virus if you do contract it, but clearly natural immunity is far superior and is even more effective against the variants.

Vaccination produces greater amounts of circulating antibodies than natural infection. But a new study suggests that not all memory B cells are created equal. While vaccination gives rise to memory B cells that evolve over a few weeks, natural infection births memory B cells that continue to evolve over several months, producing highly potent antibodies adept at eliminating even viral variants.

READ: Natural infection versus vaccination: Differences in COVID antibody responses emerge

All lockdowns do is prolong the pandemic.

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