Lockdowns did little or nothing to stop deaths from COVID-19, Johns Hopkins study shows

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The researchers’ analysis of “lockdown measures” included school closures, business closures, bans on international travel and internal movement, and other non-pharmaceutical government mandates such as mask mandates.

By Laurel Duggan

A Johns Hopkins University meta-analysis released in January found that lockdowns across Europe and the U.S. reduced the COVID-19 mortality by 0.2%.

The researchers’ analysis of “lockdown measures” included school closures, business closures, bans on international travel and internal movement, and other non-pharmaceutical government mandates such as mask mandates.

The study also found that shelter in place orders were ineffective, reducing mortality by only 2.9%.

“While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social cost,” the study concluded. “In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”

”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 researchers noted. “We do find some evidence that limiting gatherings was counterproductive and increased COVID-19 mortality.”

Johns Hopkins University itself made classes fully remote in the fall 2020 semester and urged students not to travel to Baltimore before moving to a partially in-person model in the spring 2021 semester. The school still imposes a mask mandate, requiring two masks or a surgical grade mask, despite nearly universal vaccination of students and staff, a booster shot and a twice-weekly testing requirement.

COVID-19 related school closures, government-imposed mask mandates and restrictions on travel are still prevalent in the U.S. and internationally.

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9 thoughts on “Lockdowns did little or nothing to stop deaths from COVID-19, Johns Hopkins study shows

  1. YUP …go figure. But it fit the agenda…NO treatments offered just a vaccine, which is Not really a vaccine. The biggest crime is giving to the children. Somehow WE the People need to find a way to hear each other (without thinking of our response to said person as they speak..) and find what we do agree on; otherwise this is going to continue to a place I think NONE of us want to go……more control
    this is a crime…and as I’ve said before TERM LIMITS would Help, not solve the problem with those who are trampling the Constitution, Laws, Rules…(yes our very government…for profit and to keep us locked into one group against another..with so many issues now its hard to count..but it certainly keeps our eyes off the ball…err the gov)

  2. Objective analysis of COVID data is finally occurring and, god forbid, being published by REPUTABLE entities?
    Gee, voices of sanity are finally being heard?

    There is light at the end of the self-serving COVID-hyping tunnel?
    We will no longer be coerced to wear those useless (per CDC) blue rags anymore?
    COVID scare-mongerers have to find another cause?

    Did you know hospitals get EXTRA MONEY caring for a COVID patient?
    More COVID cases, means MORE money.
    No wonder hospitals, and the jab-happy drug companies, do not want that gravy train to come to a stop.

    COVID gives the struggling Media something to write about.

    Is not it interesting nobody is dying of the flu anymore?

  3. Sweden figured that out a long time ago and all we have heard is how horrible it was for them to act like that.

    • But it wasn’t horrible. Sweden isn’t in the news anymore for Covid. Mainstream media doesn’t want to tell us that Sweden did fine– and they didn’t even wear masks. And the children went to school. Without masks.

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