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Study: ‘ill-founded’ Lockdowns only reduced COVID deaths by 0.2%

A major study conducted by Johns Hopkins University concluded that the lockdowns, imposed by governments around the world to stop the COVID pandemic, had basically no impact on COVID deaths, but a devastating impact on the economy and people’s lives.

According to Fox News, the study found that during the initial stages of COVID in 2020, the lockdowns only reduced deaths marginally by .2%.

The study conducted by Steve Hanke from Johns Hopkins, Lars Jonung, Lund University, and Jonas Herby, from Copenhagen’s Center for Political Studies came to this conclusion after analyzing data from COVID studies conducted around the world.

They described the lockdowns as “ill-founded” and added, going forward, that “lockdowns should be rejected out-of-hand.”

They also found that shelter-in-place mandates (if you tested positive for the virus) reduced COVID deaths by 2.9%, but if shelter-in-place was combined with a lockdown, the number of deaths went up by 2.8%.

Why did the lockdowns increase the number of deaths?

The researchers concluded:

“[Shelter-in-place orders] may isolate an infected person at home with his/her family where he/she risks infecting family members with a higher viral load, causing more severe illness,” the researchers wrote. 

“But often, lockdowns have limited peoples’ access to safe (outdoor) places such as beaches, parks, and zoos, or included outdoor mask mandates or strict outdoor gathering restrictions, pushing people to meet at less safe (indoor) places.”

The study found that the closure of non-essential businesses provided the biggest benefit, reducing COVID deaths by 10.6% but suspected this was largely the result of closing the bars.

But there were also the unintended consequences of the lockdowns, as Fox News explains:

Researchers also pointed out other unintended consequences of lockdowns, such as rising unemployment, reduced schooling, an increase in domestic violence incidents, and surging drug overdoses.

From May 2020 to April 2021, the U.S. recorded 100,306 drug overdose deaths, a 28.5% increase from the 78,056 deaths that were recorded in the previous 12-month period, according to CDC data. 

READ: Lockdowns only reduced COVID-19 mortality by .2%, study finds: ‘Lockdowns should be rejected out of hand’ AND Lockdowns, school closures and limiting gatherings only reduced COVID mortality by 0.2% at ‘enormous economic and social costs’, study finds

This is not the first study to suggest that lockdowns actually increased the number of COVID cases:

And in 2020, after New York City imposed a lockdown, a study found that 66% of the people being admitted to hospitals were coming from home, compared to 18% from nursing homes and 4% from assisted living facilities. READ: ‘Shocking’: 66% of new coronavirus patients in N.Y. stayed home: Cuomo


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