A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and done by researchers at the Jerusalem College of Technology found that the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 lockdowns and mitigation measures could be 20 times higher than the number of deaths from the pandemic.
The study used a narrative review of data published about COVID-19 lockdowns and mathematical models to determine that an estimated 20 life years were lost to mitigation measures for every life year lost due to the spread of the virus.
Democrat lawmakers and elected officials strongly supported lockdown measures to stop the spread of the virus, but the spread was not stopped by the measures and may have even increased in some areas because of them.
The loss of life was determined by looking at the impact of job and income loss, isolation, fear, and other factors historically and mathematically on the human life span.
Lockdowns are far more deadly
COVID-19 lockdowns impacted many businesses, leading to layoffs, reduced work hours, and the inability to get medical care when needed. It also isolated people in their homes or in small groups, where they experienced higher levels of stress that could lead to negative health outcomes.
For elderly people, isolation and fear contributed to cognitive and physical declines that brought about hastened deaths.
For younger people, isolation and fear led to increased drug and alcohol abuse, leading to a rise in overdose deaths. Another factor was neglect and avoidance of medical facilities out of a fear that sick people would spread the illness.
This in turn led to a rise in serious health events like cardiovascular disease, diabetes onset, and cancers of all kinds, which might have been caught if regular health care and screenings had been followed the way they were before COVID-19.
Officials knew lockdowns wouldn’t work
The study also pointed out that numerous studies that looked at previous pandemics showed that lockdowns would not be effective in preventing deaths, including research cited by the World Health Organization in 2019, just before the pandemic started.
This research was ignored when COVID-19 began, either due to ignorance to in order to keep the populace separated so they couldn’t panic or revolt.
In reality, politicians decided it was more important to control the population than to save lives and act in the best interest of the people they were supposed to lead.
As usual, the lockdowns impacted the least of society the most–the elderly, the poor, and children.