In summary, we fail to find strong evidence supporting a role for more restrictive NPIs (non-pharmaceutical interventions) in the control of COVID in early 2020. We do not question the role of all public health interventions, or of coordinated communications about the epidemic, but we fail to find an additional benefit of stay-at-home orders and business closures. The data cannot fully exclude the possibility of some benefits. However, even if they exist, these benefits may not match the numerous harms of these aggressive measures. More targeted public health interventions that more effectively reduce transmissions may be important for future epidemic control without the harms of highly restrictive measures.
Attempts have been made to pull these diverse causalities into one model. A group of South African actuaries advised their government that a lockdown would cost 29 lives for every one life saved from the virus. A U.K. government study estimated more conservatively that the ratio would be four-to-one — with lockdowns causing 200,000 fatalities while saving only 50,000 people from death by COVID-19. …
It is Biden’s choice to pick advisors like Dr. Zeke Emanuel, who would have us locked down until the coronavirus has effectively disappeared and who makes money off of lockdown consulting.
Coronavirus: For every three COVID-19 deaths, lockdown may have caused another two
Sanjeev Sabhlok: The science has also always been clear. Even if this virus had been as bad as Spanish flu, lockdowns would not be a remedy. Innumerable scientific studies both before and in 2020 confirm that lockdowns don’t work and, instead, cause net harm. So how did the world get it so wrong? The answer, hiding in plain sight, is: China. While the Great Hysteria was going on, Donald Trump went from an unlosable situation to fighting for his career. And the entire world went backward but China will likely end up with GDP growth, becoming stronger than ever before.
Lockdowns had never been imposed in the past for a respiratory flu-like virus. Not a single scientist prior to 2020 ever recommended such measures. Lockdowns have only been imposed once before, for Ebola, and found to be ineffective.
Politicians across the world have thoroughly enjoyed the power that lockdowns and mandatory mask policies have given them. They love public health – a gift that keeps giving. They will not return liberty to the people anytime soon. Instead, they will follow Jinping’s orders through his mouthpiece, the WHO (or the Imperial College or one of the many other “experts” across the West who owe their primary allegiance to China).