Timing of lockdown and unpredictable consequences may play a bigger role than expected in influencing mortality rate, say experts

New Delhi Date. Thursday, February 03, 2022

The lockdown has not been particularly helpful in preventing deaths from coronavirus infection. A recent study has found clues for this. According to the researchers, the effect of the lockdown in reducing deaths due to Kovid-19 in the United States and Europe was minimal or negligible. According to the study, the lockdown also had a detrimental effect on the economy and societal level.

Several scientific studies were reviewed at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers found that in the early stages of the pandemic in 2020, the lockdown reduced the COVID-19 mortality rate by about 0.2 percent. “We found no evidence that lockdowns, school closures, border closures and limited public travel had any significant effect on COVID-19 mortality,” the researchers wrote.

“This has contributed to reducing economic activity, increasing unemployment, reducing school activities, increasing political tensions, increasing domestic violence, and undermining liberal democracy,” the report said. The team of researchers included Steve Hank, Jonas Herbie and Lars Jonang.

“Overall, we know that lockdowns are not an effective way to reduce mortality during the pandemic,” he wrote. At least not in the first wave of the Kovid-19 pandemic. Researchers are still struggling to gather enough evidence before reaching a final conclusion about the location of the epidemic. They found that by the end of the lockdown period included in the study, i.e. May 20, 2020, 97,081 people in the United States had died of COVID-19. Meanwhile, a large study estimated 99,050 deaths without the lockdown.

The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of several dozen studies examining COVID mortality. Researchers have found that closed bars made a small contribution to reducing deaths. According to him, “there has been a small impact on the closure of non-essential businesses (10.6 per cent reduction in the Covid mortality rate), which is probably related to the closure of its wire bars.” Experts say that the timing of the lockdown and the unintended consequences may play a bigger role than expected in influencing the mortality rate.