Lockdowns Worse than Useless (In Fact, Detrimental) By Charles Taylor (Florida)
There have been, at this date various reports and academic articles giving a cost benefit analysis of the Covid mandate lockdowns, concluding that the costs exceeded the benefits. However, a brief article in the US Washington Examiner.com, one of the few mainstream papers to publish Covid criticisms, up to a point, concludes that the lockdowns were for nothing, of no benefit whatsoever, and were instigated due to fear and panic. The case mentioned is Sweden that did not lockdown, or destroy its economy, but did not have a high Covid infection rate relative to the other Nordic countries, and relative to the West. And that is the article, brief, but with a solid message. It could have been added that China’s oppressive lockdowns, where people were welded inside factories, and locked in apartments, many suiciding, others just dying, ended up in social revolt and did not stop the spread either. The SARS CoV-2 virus is airborne, so it will spread through the air currents, and even in lockdowns, could pass from an infected individual, to infect another through an open window or air vent. One would need to have air tanks, or stop breathing.
“It was all for nothing. Really, for nothing. The miseries we inflicted on ourselves after March 2020 — the school closures, the ruined businesses, the debts, the authoritarianism — were caused by a moment of lightheaded panic.
How can I be so sure? Because, three-and-a-half years on, the results are in. And, let me warn you, they make dismal reading for anyone who went along with the lockdowns. You see, there was a counterfactual all along. Sweden did not impose mask mandates or stay-at-home orders. It did not close its borders or its businesses. Other than banning large meetings, it carried on as normal and told people to use their common sense.”