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This Study Devastates the Case for Pandemic Lockdowns

Lockdowns had “little to no public health effects” but “imposed enormous economic and social costs” in communities that adopted them, according to a new meta-analysis by Johns Hopkins University.


Score one for the lockdown skeptics.


The analysis, which included 24 studies and screened 18,000, was published in the January edition of Hopkins’ Studies in Applied Economics series by Jonas Herby, Lars Jonung and Steve H. Hanke.

“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.

  • They concluded that “lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
  • According to the researchers, shelter-in-place orders may have contributed to more severe illness by exposing households of infected individuals to a “higher viral load.”
  • Also, “[L]ockdowns 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,” they wrote.

The studies that looked only at shelter-in-place orders determined that the policies reduced COVID-19 deaths by 5.1%.

  • But the studies that included other lockdown measures, too, found a 2.8% increase in deaths from the disease.


Searches on NBC News, CNN, The New York Times and Washington Post websites returned no results for reports on the Hopkins analysis in the past week.

  • “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,” Johns Hopkins professor of surgery Marty Makary, who was not involved in the meta-analysis, said Wednesday during an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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