BELIEVE THE SCIENCE: Lockdown Zealots’ Safety Narrative Gets Crushed By … Johns Hopkins

Written by Wes Walker on February 3, 2022

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It’s amazing what you compel someone to do once you have convinced them it’s ‘for their own good’. But what happens when what’s compelled is NOT, actually ‘for their own good’?

That’s the question the latest Johns Hopkins data throws in the face of lockdown zealots who crashed entire economies to protect us from the evil menace of the Wuhan China virus.

Governments in Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand ought to listen up.

Lockdowns during the first COVID-19 wave in the spring of 2020 only reduced COVID-19 mortality by .2% in the U.S. and Europe, according to a Johns Hopkins University meta-analysis of several studies.

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

The researchers – Johns Hopkins University economics professor Steve Hanke, Lund University economics professor Lars Jonung, and special advisor at Copenhagen’s Center for Political Studies Jonas Herby – analyzed the effects of lockdown measures such as school shutdowns, business closures, and mask mandates on COVID-19 deaths.

“We find little to no evidence that mandated lockdowns in Europe and the United States had a noticeable effect on COVID-19 mortality rates,” the researchers wrote.– FoxNews

The lockdowns incentivized riskier indoor behavior, and disincentivized safer brief or outdoor interactions. In some scenarios, shelter-in-place strategies actually increased the Covid infectivity risks.

Compelled prolonged contact with family members at home was a more efficient viral vector than brief and casual exposure to strangers in public.

“These costs to society must be compared to the benefits of lockdowns, which our meta-analysis has shown are marginal at best,” the researchers in the Johns Hopkins University study wrote.

“Such a standard benefit-cost calculation leads to a strong conclusion: lockdowns should be rejected out of hand as a pandemic policy instrument.” — FoxNews

Thanks, guys.

After this article was first written, but before it went live, there was an important development to this story in the following block quote.

A Johns Hopkins professor slammed his university and the mainstream media for downplaying a study conducted by economists at the university that found that COVID-19 lockdowns only reduced virus deaths by 0.2 percent.

Dr. Martin Makary warned that ‘people may already have their own narrative written’ about the effectiveness of lockdowns in an interview with Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.

‘Johns Hopkins itself did not even put out a press release about this study, and if you look at the media coverage, it’s one of the biggest stories in the world today, and yet certain media outlets have not even covered it,’ Makary told the Fox News host.

Makary is a professor of surgery at the private university in Baltimore. He was not involved in the study.

Economists at the college carried out a meta-analysis and found that restrictions imposed in the spring of 2020 – including stay-at-home orders, compulsory masks and social distancing – only reduced COVID mortality by 0.2 percent. — DailyMail

Meanwhile, some of us ordinary working stiffs were saying that from the very moment we had the bright idea of quarantining healthy people; saying that the cost/benefit considerations do not check out.

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