Lockdowns gave too little benefit for too high a cost


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Jonas Herby and Lars Jonung write in The Telegraph

IEA Research featured in The Telegraph

New research published by the IEA suggesting that lockdown policies did little to reduce COVID mortality has been featured on the front page of The Daily Telegraph.

The article said:

“Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Lund University examined almost 20,000 studies on measures taken to protect populations against Covid across the world.

“Their findings suggest that lockdowns in response to the first wave of the pandemic, when compared with less strict policies adopted by the likes of Sweden, prevented as few as 1,700 deaths in England and Wales. In an average week there are around 11,000 deaths in England and Wales.

“The report authors said their findings showed that the draconian measures had a ‘negligible impact’ on Covid mortality and were a ‘policy failure of gigantic proportions’.

“The study’s authors conclude: ‘The science of lockdowns is clear; the data are in: the deaths saved were a drop in the bucket compared to the staggering collateral costs imposed.’

“The new study on the impact of lockdowns is published in a report by the Institute of Economic Affairs out on Monday.

“Across Europe, countries which embarked on lockdowns saw 6,000 fewer deaths than if they had embarked on a less draconian approach, while the US could have seen 4,000 fewer deaths, they conclude.”

Read the full article here.