How Democratic Party policy makers interpret data!
Almost a year and a half since the Wuhan panic swept across the world, the evidence continues to show that the policy decisions by our so-called “intellectual” class of experts to impose mandates and lockdowns were almost all stupid, producing disaster after disaster while completely failing to achieve any of their goals.
First we have Sweden, which refused to impose any lockdowns and now has practically no COVID-19 deaths at all.
An Imperial College model suggested that 85,000 people would die without a lockdown, and an Uppsala University team projected that 40,000 people would die from COVID-19 by May 1, 2020 and nearly 100,000 by June.
But by May, Sweden reported roughly six deaths for every one million people, according to the Financial Times, with 48.9% of its initial coronavirus deaths taking place in nursing homes, according to an analysis by the Swedish Public Health Agency. More than a year later, Sweden recorded 1.1 million coronavirus cases with 1.07 million people having recovered from the virus, and 14,620 coronavirus-linked deaths, according to woldometers.info as of Aug. 8, 2021.
Of the currently 12,248 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, 12, 219 are experiencing mild symptoms (99.8%) and 29 (0.2%) are in serious or critical condition, according to woldometers.info.
In other words, the models were so ridiculously wrong they weren’t even in the same galaxy as the results in the real world. Sweden’s population very quickly reached herd immunity and is now relatively immune from the virus and its later variants.
Moreover, Sweden’s economy has suffered little during the epidemic, and is doing nicely. Not so much in the U.S., where power-hungry politicians with their lockdowns have caused the destruction of 40% of all small businesses.
Nor is Sweden the only data point. A new study of 43 countries as well as all 50 U.S. states has found that lockdowns were worthless.
[W]e use data from 43 countries that implemented SIP [shelter-in-place] policies and all 50 U.S. states. We estimate the effect of SIP policies using an event study approach. We also examine the change in excess deaths following the introduction of SIP policies separately for each country and U.S. state. We also compare differences in excess mortality based on the timing of SIP policy implementation.
In both settings, we fail to find that SIP policies saved lives. To the contrary, we find a positive association between SIP policies and excess deaths. We find that following the implementation of SIP policies, excess mortality increases. The increase in excess mortality is statistically significant in the immediate weeks following SIP implementation for the international comparison only. At the U.S. state-level, excess mortality increases in the immediate weeks following SIP implementation and then trends below zero following 20 weeks of SIP implementation. [emphasis mine]
The story at the link also notes that this is not the only study that has looked at the data and come to the same conclusion. Lockdowns were bad policy. They did nothing to ease the epidemic, and actually resulted in more deaths while creating poverty and debt that will take years to overcome.
Has any of this evidence influenced the Biden administration and the Democrats running many Democratic Party controlled states like New York, New Jersey, and California? Nah. No matter that the evidence from the beginning said lockdowns were a bad idea. No matter that the evidence now says the same thing. Democrats throughout the country continue to call for draconian mandates, lockdowns, and the elimination of freedom.
One wonders if maybe their motive was never to stop the virus. Maybe it was power they were really after, and the Wuhan flu gave them the lever to obtain it. And they are using lever, with all their might.
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