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