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Florida schools have maintained lower virus case rates than wider community in 7 months since reopening-Wall St. Journal, 3/17/21…Jan. 2021 peer reviewed Stanford study found no benefit from home confinements and business closures

March 18, 2021

“In the seven months since, Florida schools have avoided major outbreaks of Covid-19 and maintained case rates lower than those in the wider community.“...3/17/21, “Florida Schools Reopened Without Becoming Covid-19 Superspreaders,” Wall St. Journal, Arian Campo-Flores…”Florida’s lesson for the country, said Mr. Gimbert [father of a 9th grader], 51, is “not only that we should have opened, but that we should have opened a long time ago.”

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3/14/21, EDITORIAL: Virus lockdowns don’t appear to have worked as advertised,” Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

 

Lockdowns can destroy the economy,” wrote Phillipe Lemoine

of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology

in a Wall Street Journal oped last week, “but it’s starting

to look as if they have minimal effect on

the spread of COVID-19.”

Mr. Lemoine, who says he favored the tactic early in the pandemic,

notes that “not a single government has published a cost-benefit

analysis to justify lockdown policies.”

The Associated Press picked up on the theme over the

weekend, finding that states which enacted tight restrictions

on commerce and other activities performed no better

in preventing coronavirus deaths or confirmed infections.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, for instance, imposed

some of the most draconian curbs in the nation.

Florida was at the opposite extreme. Yet “California and Florida

have experienced almost identical outcomes in COVID-19

case rates,” the AP reports,and both rank in the middle in terms

of deaths per capita.

The latter is even more significant given that California’s

younger demographic means that a higher percentage of

Florida residents were at high risk for serious virus complications.

The AP also highlights the contrast between South Dakota

and Connecticut, which are both among the 10 worst states in

terms of death rates. But the latter was much more

aggressive in restricting the actions of its residents,

while the former took a laissez-faire approach.

While there are obviously many factors in play when

making comparisons between the states, such anecdotal

evidence is in line with a peer-reviewed Stanford study

of eight countries-including the United States —

published in January [2021] that found “no clear

significant beneficial effect” from stay-at-home orders

and business closures.

[1/5/21, “Assessing mandatory stay‐at‐home and business

closure effects on the spread of COVID‐19,” European

Journal of Clinical Investigation, “The study was funded

with support from the Stanford COVID‐19

Seroprevalence Studies Fund.”]

Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center

for Health Security, told the AP, “This is going to be an

important question that we have to ask ourselves: What public

health measures actually were the most impactful and which

ones had negligible effect or backfired by driving

behavior underground?”

Indeed. Even comparing raw numbers on deaths and

case counts fails to take into account the staggering economic,

academic and mental health costs associated with lockdowns

and school closures.

In coming years, we’ll learn more about the various public

health strategies governments and public health officials

employed to fight COVID and their long-term ramifications.

But at this point, the long-term lockdown experiment appears

to have been an expensive failure.” (Top image, AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image from Wall St. Journal

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Comment: Nothing less than Nuremberg type trials must take place

to ensure that those responsible are punished and that “lockdowns”

never happen again.

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