REPORT: COVID-19 Lockdowns Were A ‘Global Policy Failure Of Gigantic Proportions’ (VIDEO)

Written by K. Walker on June 6, 2023

NOTE: This article may include commentary reflecting the author’s position.

A new paper published in the United Kingdom uses real-world data to analyze the efficacy of the lockdowns and other mitigation measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are damning.

The Institute of Economic Affairs in London conducted a systematic review and a meta-analysis of several studies of the response to the pandemic and compared that to actual mortality rates, not computer models.

The results show that the mitigation measures touted by public health officials were far less effective at preventing deaths from COVID than they told us they would be — but they also came with a high cost.

The study concludes that lockdowns in the spring of 2020 had a “negligible effect” on COVID-19 mortality.

The Imperial College of London’s modeling estimated that lockdowns would save 2 million lives in the United States and over 400,000 lives in the United Kingdom. The actual number of deaths prevented by an average lockdown was significantly lower — approximately 6,000 avoided deaths in Europe and 4,000 in the United States.

It also adds that voluntary actions taken by individuals were more effective than government mandates.

The study also notes that the heavy-handed and largely ineffective lockdowns also came with significant economic and social costs:

  • Stunted economic growth
  • Large increases in public debt
  • Rising inequality
  • Damage to children’s education and health
  • Reduced health-related quality of life
  • Increased crime
  • Threats to democracy and loss of freedom
  • Damage to mental health

The study concludes that unless substantial alternative evidence emerges, lockdowns should be “rejected out of hand” to control future pandemics.

A few quotes from the authors of the study:

“This study is the first all-encompassing evaluation of the research on the effectiveness of mandatory restrictions on mortality. It demonstrates that lockdowns were a failed promise. They had negligible health effects but disastrous economic, social, and political costs to society. Most likely lockdowns represent the biggest policy mistake in modern times.” — Professor Lars Jonung, Sweden, Lund University.

“Numerous misleading studies, driven by subjective models and overlooking significant factors like voluntary behavior changes, heavily influenced the initial perception of lockdowns as highly effective measures. Our meta-analysis suggests that when researchers account for additional variables, such as voluntary behavior, the impact of lockdowns becomes negligible.” — Jonas Herby, Copenhagen.

“When it comes to COVID, epidemiological models have many things in common: dubious assumptions, hair-raising predictions of disaster that miss the mark, and few lessons learned. The science of lockdowns is clear; the data are in: the lives saved were a drop in the bucket compared to the staggering collateral costs imposed.” — Professor Steve H. Hanke, Johns Hopkins University.

The esteemed Dr. John Campbell explains the report here:

The link to the full 220-page report can be found here: Did Lockdowns Work?

TL;DR: The science is clear — lockdowns were a failure with significant collateral damage and they should be rejected totally in the future.

Dear Christian: Your Fear Is Full of Crap

by Doug Giles

Beginning in March 2020, many Christians went into lockdown-freak-out mode. Uncut, irrational, unbiblical, and not to mention, unconstitutional, fear gripped many churches and church leaders. Forced to choose between obeying the Word of God or the edict of man, most Western Churches buckled. We even saw it here in First Amendment-protected America.

The Apostle Peter buckled to fear on the night of Christ’s crucifixion. But he learned his lesson and lived the rest of his life bold as a lion. How can the church ‘go and do likewise’?

Read the book and find out!

Get your copy of Dear Christian: Your Fear Is Full of Crap now. Better yet, grab an extra copy for any petrified pastor who dutifully put obedience to the unconstitutional edicts of Mayor McCheese ahead of obedience to the explicit commandments of the LORD God Almighty.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker