Drip, drip, drip…
More evidence of our government’s completely failed response to this pandemic.
Abstract This systematic review and meta-analysis are designed to determine whether there is empirical evidence to support the belief that “lockdowns” reduce COVID-19 mortality. Lockdowns are defined as the imposition of at least one compulsory, non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI). NPIs are any government mandate that directly restrict peoples’ possibilities, such as policies that limit internal movement, close schools and businesses, and ban international travel. This study employed a systematic search and screening procedure in which 18,590 studies are identified that could potentially address the belief posed. After three levels of screening, 34 studies ultimately qualified. Of those 34 eligible studies, 24 qualified for inclusion in the meta-analysis. They were separated into three groups: lockdown stringency index studies, shelter-in-placeorder (SIPO) studies, and specific NPI studies. An analysis of each of these three groups support the conclusion that lockdowns have had little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality. More specifically, stringency index studies find that lockdowns in Europe and the United States only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2% on average. SIPOs were also ineffective, only reducing COVID-19 mortality by 2.9% on average. Specific NPI studies also find no broad-based evidence of noticeable effects on COVID-19 mortality.
While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted. In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument
It goes on:
“They have contributed to reducing economic activity, raising unemployment, reducing schooling, causing political unrest, contributing to domestic violence, and undermining liberal democracy”
“Such a standard benefit-cost calculation leads to a strong conclusion: lockdowns should be rejected out of hand as a pandemic policy instrument”
Our Hospital systems are failing in the US. THEY ARE FAILING. Our physicians are threatened and persecuted if they use life saving treatments. Hospitalists are determined to continue to push and insist on treatments that have been proven to not be safe or effective in our hospitals. Hospitals in the USA are fraudulently bilking the US Government for literally billions of dollars, by claiming excess disease and death. So much so, that it has become impossible to figure out the true rates of disease and death of Covid-19 and for all causes in the USA. It is shocking.
The rest of the world is running circles around us. Our public policy response and our hospitalists are an embarrassment. Where are our public officials?
But to speak of these issues openly, if you are a practicing physician, is grounds for loss of a license to practice medicine, losing hospital privileges and/or getting fired. To speak out means getting publicly branded as a heretic or worse, crazy.