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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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Chevron downsizes global San Fran headquarters, paying for employees to move to Texas office

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Oil giant Chevron made a huge announcement saying it will be closing its current global headquarters in San Ramon, California. Even more telling, its encouraging employees to move to Houston, Texas.

The San Francisco Gate reported “the oil company will cover relocation costs for those voluntarily leaving for the Texas office, which has been growing and employs nearly 6,000 people. Meanwhile, the San Ramon office buildings have experienced dwindling numbers in recent years.”

Although the company is not leaving the state completely, “company leadership has pushed for a permanent move to Texas in the past” adds SFGATE. Chevron, which has had “deep roots” in California going back to the late 1800s, will vacate its 100-acre campus in 2023.

The Wall Street Journal reports the business hopes to move into a smaller space in San Ramon, which will remain its headquarters. A company spokesperson told SFGATE “the current real estate market provides the opportunity to right-size our office space to meet the requirements of our headquarters-based employee population.”

“The move is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2023” they continued. “Chevron will remain headquartered in California, where the company has a 140-year history and operations and partnerships throughout the state.”

The SFGATE notes Chevron is one of “the East Bay’s legacy companies joining the trend” to move their headquarters out of the area in recent years. Tech companies such as startups like Coinbase to industry pioneers like Hewlett Packard and Oracle have all vacated, with Elon Musk having been “one particularly outspoken voice decrying California’s business conditions.”

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