After almost two-years of forced lockdowns, a new Johns Hopkins University study found “the average lockdown in Europe and the United States only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2%.”
“Shelter-in-place orders (SIPOs) were also ineffective. They only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 2.9%.”
The study also noted that the lockdowns “have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted…lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
The study stated that, “Reports from the 1918 influenza pandemic indicate that social-distancing measures did not stop or appear to dramatically reduce transmission […] 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.”
The study was written by Jonas Hereby, Lars Jonung, and Steve H. Hanke.
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