COVID-19 Lockdowns Over 10 Times More Deadly Than Pandemic Itself

Revolver is more than an aggregator of news. It is starting to publish original reports that are newsworthy. One such is “COVID-19 Lockdowns Over 10 Times More Deadly Than Pandemic Itself”.

The deadly effects of lockdowns were evident many months ago to anyone who looked into the matter. They even could be estimated based upon existing research. By April 4, 2020, it was clear that lockdowns should be immediately stopped. On May 6, 2020 and earlier, it was evident that lockdowns would have deadly effects. And also see a detailed article published on May 25, 2020 that gave estimates of losses of years of lives due to lockdowns.

The new Revolver study quantifies the lockdown effects in the current COVID-19 episode. The metric is life-years, i.e. how many years of life the lockdowns destroyed versus how many years of life the lockdowns saved. The destruction comes about in, for example, increased mortality caused by unemployment.

“Combining these analyses, we found that an estimated 18.7 million life-years will be lost in the United States due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. Comparative data analysis between nations shows that the lockdowns in the United States likely had a minimal effect in saving life-years. Using two different comparison groups, we estimate that the COVID-19 lockdowns in the U.S. saved between a quarter to three quarters of a million life-years.”

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1:58 pm on September 15, 2020