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States that imposed strict lockdowns in response to COVID-19 may have done more harm than good, a new study shows.
Researchers from Rice University’s Baker Institute, using data from the online publication Wallethub that measures the severity of lockdowns in all 50 states, compared states with strict lockdowns to those with fewer restrictions in an attempt to measure the effect of lockdowns.
The article goes on to state the following:
“By shutting down large portions of the economy, lockdowns were accompanied by the failure of many businesses and a massive increase in unemployment,” the study reads. “While the entire country has been affected by the pandemic, low-income and middle-income workers have been disproportionately impacted. As a result of furloughs, layoffs, and general economic retraction, as many as 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since the pandemic began.”
The study also noted the impact in both mental and physical health conditions caused by the rate of the withering economy.
The study reads, “Unemployment also has consequences beyond economics. Research conducted during the pandemic indicates unemployed Americans are at an increased risk for mental health-related illness. Researchers are also exploring the relationship between the pandemic and increases in substance abuse and domestic violence, though these findings are disputed and require further investigation.”
According to the article, researchers said some states that imposed strict lockdown mandates saw a decline in deaths but they feel that this may not have been a factor in determining that equation.
“We cannot rule out the possibility that the local population’s fear in the early days of COVID-19 determined both the strictness of state-imposed lockdowns and subsequent COVID-19 death rates, with no direct causal link between state actions and subsequent observed deaths,” the study reads. “In fact, economists have found that legal restrictions explain only 7 percentage points of the 60 percentage point decline in foot traffic measured by cell phone activity through mid-May. The study attributes the vast majority of the decline in foot traffic to consumers choosing of their own volition to avoid commercial activity.”
The study concludes, “While lockdowns may have been effective at reducing DDPM (daily deaths per million), they are also associated with considerable harms. These harms do not necessarily outweigh the benefits of lockdowns, particularly in regions faced with rising daily death rates.”
No way! Really?
“Study suggests lockdown costs may have outweighed benefits” https://t.co/D1uwHknqQ9
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) May 2, 2021
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