Overall, we conclude that lockdowns are not an effective way of reducing mortality rates during a pandemic, at least not during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our results are in line with the World Health Organization Writing Group (2006), who state, “Reports from the 1918 influenza pandemic indicate that social-distancing measures did not stop or appear to dramatically reduce transmission […]The USA had the best tools for fighting covid, but the NY Times reports that we had more deaths per capita than other wealthy countries.
In Edmonton, Canada, isolation and quarantine were instituted; public meetings were banned; schools, churches, colleges, theaters, and other public gathering places were closed; and business hours were restricted without obvious impact on the epidemic.” Our findings are also in line with Allen’s (2021) conclusion: “The most recent research has shown that lockdowns have had, at best, a marginal effect on the number of Covid 19 deaths.”
I believe that we would have all been better off if we treated covid-19 like the seasonal flu, or maybe the unusually bad flu strain that we get every ten years or so. The world went mad over a minor disease that we could not do much about anyway.
Update: Denmark Lifts All Covid Controls.
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