(RightWing.org) – Americans are tired of coronavirus-based lockdowns and other restrictive measures and wonder when life will return to normal. The results of a recent study shed some light on the success, or lack thereof, associated with lockdowns, raising hopes for their eventual end.
The January 2022 edition of Studies in Applied Economics contains an enlightening review and meta-analysis of the effects of lockdowns on coronavirus mortality rates. Published by the John Hopkins Institute, the report concluded that lockdowns “had little to no public health effects [and] imposed enormous economic and social costs.”
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The researchers who compiled the report looked at the impact of lockdowns by breaking them down into three areas of study.
Those study groups included:
- The Lockdown Stringency Index, a composite score developed by Oxford University to compare countries’ policy responses to the pandemic
- Shelter-in-Place-Orders (SIPO), or strict quarantines
- Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs), otherwise known as “lockdowns”
The research found the lockdown stringency index showed the United States and European countries reduced COVID-19 mortality by an average of only 0.2%. Similarly, SIPOs only reduced mortality by an average of 2.9%, and NPIs showed no noticeable effect on coronavirus deaths.
A recent peer-reviewed study by Stanford University found that forced lockdowns failed to provide any additional benefits over social distancing practices, and scientists at Munich University recently concluded that COVID-19 infection rates were already dropping before Germany imposed lockdowns.
What do you think? Are you ready to return to everyday life, free from government mandates?
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