Johns Hopkins study reignites COVID lockdown debate

A recent controversial Johns Hopkins meta-analysis revives a discussion about the harmful consequences of lockdowns after finding that they had no significant mortality benefit during the first wave of the 2020 pandemic in the United States and Europe, according to a recent report.

“We find no evidence that lockdowns, school closures, border closures, and limiting gatherings had a noticeable effect on COVID-19-related mortality,” said the study authors, who is not peer reviewed and reflects the opinions of the authors, not necessarily. those of the University.

The study authors, however, found that closing non-essential businesses reduced COVID-19 mortality by 10.6%, which is probably most related to the closure of bars.


“Our study shows the benefits [of lockdowns] — in terms of fewer deaths — are questionable and small,” Jonas Herby, special adviser at the Center for Policy Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark, told Fox News. Herby’s research focuses on law and economics, and he co-authored the study.

The meta-analysis – a survey or study of previous studies – which Herby wrote with two other prominent economists, noted that the lockdowns have had “devastating effects” as society weathers the unintended consequences.

“They have helped reduce economic activity, increase unemployment, reduce school attendance, cause political unrest, contribute to domestic violence and undermine liberal democracy,” the report said. Noted.

A demonstrator carries a sign during a demonstration outside the Virginia State Capitol to protest Virginia’s stay-at-home order and business closures following the COVID-19 outbreak in Richmond, Virginia, April 16, 2020.
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The research directly contradicts the most influential lockdown model led by epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, who was largely responsible for “driving the global response to COVID-19” that “has pushed the United States and the United Kingdom United in Action,” according to The Wall Street Newspaper.

Ferguson co-authored a leading article in Nature published in June 2020 which estimated that the closures in the spring of that year had saved three million European lives. But the study excluded the research because it relied on modelling, according to several reports.

“This report on the effect of ‘lockdowns’ does not significantly advance our understanding of the relative effectiveness of the plethora of public health measures adopted by different countries to limit the transmission of COVID-19,” Ferguson said. onScience Media Centeran information liaison in the UK for science and health journalists.

According to Guardian.


The Johns Hopkins researchers acknowledged that a limitation of the study was the exclusion of certain studies like Ferguson’s to avoid biases, such as those caused by “time-dependent factors” like seasonality. So papers that looked at early lockdowns like in China, which reduced COVID-19 to very low death rates, were also not included, according to a UK report.

Nevertheless, the blockers are now resisting aftershocks that persist after the blockages are lifted, according to multiple reports.

“The virus has long-term health consequences, including the long duration of COVID, and there are long-term mental health effects of the death from COVID-19 of a parent, a spouse, a grandparent, a caregiver,” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, chair of the public health committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

“There are long-term health effects of the measures used to slow the spread of this virus.”

In late June 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that due to COVID-19 concerns, about 41% of American adults were delaying or avoiding medical care, including 12% who were avoiding urgent or emergency care. and 32% who neglected routine care. These results noted a higher prevalence among people with multiple medical conditions, black and Hispanic adults, young adults and people with disabilities, according to a previous Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. Reporting.

Even though most students are now back in school, many are now struggling academically with the consequences of months of online learning, while others have chosen to change schools or even drop out. , according to a recent New York Times. report.


A “closed” sign in front of a public elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in March 2020.

The Times also noted that students continue to have lingering feelings of loneliness and anxiety with the feeling that the system has let them down and created responsibilities that are usually not expected. them.

“Children today will have to bear this burden with diminished skills, thanks to the remote learning disaster demanded by so many so-called public health experts,” said James Freeman, associate editor of the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, a Fox News Contributor and frequent host of “Deep Dive” on Fox Nation.

The New England Journal of Medicine examined the psychological impact of people in quarantine, finding “many emotional outcomes including stress, depression, irritability, insomnia, fear, confusion, anger, frustration , boredom and stigma associated with quarantine, some of which persisted after quarantine was survey.”

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A protester holds a banner during a small anti-COVID restriction demonstration in The Hague in the Netherlands, Saturday December 18, 2021.
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“The president has been clear that we’re not pushing lockdowns, we haven’t been pro-lockdown, that hasn’t been his agenda,” said White House press secretary Jen PSAKI, when asked about the Johns Hopkins newspaper during a recent press. Report.

“Most of the shutdowns happened under the previous president. Our goal has been to convey that we have the tools we need to keep our country open.”

“We need robust and accurate data on all of these long-term effects to best balance response measures, ensuring the best possible outcome,” Vaishampayan added.

Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

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