Lockdowns did far more harm than good

by Jeremy R. Hammond Feb 4, 2022

We’ve incessantly been told since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that we must obey the orders from our new overlords, the “public health” authorities, in order to save lives. Extreme authoritarian measures such as stay-at-home orders and business closures, we were told, would benefit society by preventing COVID-19 deaths.

But did the “lockdown” measures substantially reduce COVID-19 deaths?

And, if so, was the benefit in terms of a reduction in COVID-19 deaths worth the cost of the extraordinary harms caused by the lockdowns, including deaths from other causes?

The answer to both questions, according to a new study out of the Johns Hopkins Institute, is firmly “No!”

The researchers searched the medical literature for studies designed to assess the effect on COVID-19 mortality from lockdown measures. Using stringent criteria to assess the relevance and quality of studies, they narrowed the number down and conducted a meta-analysis to try to answer the questions.

What the data show is that “lockdowns have had little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality.” On the other hand, these authoritarian policy responses have had “enormous economic and social costs”. The data lead clearly to the conclusion that “lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”

Of course, that’s what I was saying from the start, since the consequences were easily predictable, both in terms of their lack of effectiveness in reducing deaths from COVID-19 and the extraordinary harms they cause. (For examples of me predicting this outcome in April 2020, see my videos here and here.)

On that note, in case you missed it, you may want to watch my interview with Peter R. Quinones from May 2021 in which I discuss, among other things, how the lockdown measures were originally sold to the public on the false pretext that they would be strictly temporary when in fact the policies were from the start aimed at the goal of coerced mass vaccination: Watch Pete and I discuss the assault on our rights from the lockdowns!

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