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COVID-19: Lockdowns not Linked with Lower Death Rates, Study Finds

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As COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., many states have reissued lockdown orders.

A new study published by Frontiers in Public Health, however, determined that lockdowns are not correlated with lower death rates.

Researchers analyzed data from 160 countries over the first 8 months of the pandemic. They tested several factors— including demographics, public health, economy, politics and environment—to determine how they are correlated with COVID-19 mortality.

“Stringency of the measures settled to fight pandemia, including lockdown, did not appear to be linked with death rate,” the researchers said. “Inherent factors have predetermined the COVID mortality: understanding them may improve prevention strategies by increasing population resilience through better physical fitness and immunity.”

In many states, indoor and outdoor dining is restricted or suspended, schools have closed and residents are required to work from home.

Coronavirus lockdowns have been detrimental to businesses.

In Los Angeles, restaurants are ordered to shut down Wednesday.

Restaurant owners and the California Restaurant Association have described the lockdown order as unfair.

They challenged the order in court and asked a judge to allow restaurants to continue outdoor dining.

At the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Supervisor Janice Hahn put forward a motion to reconsider the Department of Public Health’s decision to restrict outdoor dining at restaurants. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl immediately said she would not support the motion.

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health admitted they do not have specific numbers associating outdoor dining in LA to a surge in cases.

“I wish we could answer this question. I think people would feel better if we could say with certainty where people got infected, but we just can’t,” Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said during a Monday press briefing.

“Outdoor dining is safe,” said Dennis Ellis, an attorney representing the California Restaurant Association. “We have not been able to see what the county has to support that outdoor dining at 50% capacity is inappropriate and needs to shut down.”

Barger criticized the Department of Public Health, saying their decision was arbitrary and random.

“I feel like the restaurant industry was basically used as a pawn,” Barger said. “There is no logic and that is my frustration. You know what I hear is the inconsistencies that continue to take place not only in the county but in the state as well, have put people in a situation where there’s a lack of trust in the people making these decisions because they seem very arbitrary and very random.”

Despite increasing evidence proving that lockdowns do not work, government officials continue to push them.

Restaurants in L.A. will close for at least three weeks. Many other states such as Michigan, Kentucky and Minnesota have followed suit and suspended indoor dining until further notice.

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TX Federal Judge takes ‘extraordinary’ step to ‘fast track’ ruling on Biden’s student loan forgiveness, forego trial

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Just The News reported on an “extraordinary move” by one Texas judge who is prepared to cancel President Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness payments.

U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman, a Trump appointee, says he is ready to decide the merits of Biden’s plan and skip the preliminary injunction and customary trial.

“U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman had been holding a hearing on a request from the small business group Job Creators Network’s legal arm on behalf of two plaintiffs to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Biden from enacting the debt relief until the legality of his executive order was decided” Just The News reports.

However, Pittman declared “in a five-sentence, one-page order that the government and plaintiff lawyers had made all the necessary arguments and that a trial would not elicit further evidence so he is ready to move to a judgement on the merits of the case.”

“Having held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction and reviewed the related briefing, the Court intends to consolidate as it appears that the Parties have presented their case and no evidence of significance would be forthcoming at trial,” wrote Pittman.

Pittman said he was prepared to advance the preliminary objection request “to a determination on the merits” and gave the Justice Department and plaintiff lawyers until Friday to file any objections to his plan.

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