Lockdowns and Mask Mandates Do Not Lead to Reduced COVID Transmission Rates or Deaths, New Study Suggests – Global Research

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27-08-20 04:14:00,

A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper by Andrew Atkeson, Karen Kopecky, and Tao Zha focused on countries and U.S. states with more than 1,000 COVID deaths as of late July. In all, the study included 25 U.S. states and 23 countries. 

Based on their analysis, the authors present four “Stylized Facts” about COVID-19, which are:

  1. Once a region reaches 25 total COVID deaths, within a month the growth rate in deaths per day falls to approximately zero. In other words, no matter the country or state and its policies, deaths per day stop increasing within 20-30 days of passing a threshold of 25 deaths.
  2. Once that happens, deaths per day either begin to fall or the trend remains flat.
  3. The variability in death trends across regions has fallen sharply since the beginning of the epidemic and remains low. All states studied, all countries studied, have become more similar in their trends and have remained so.
  4. Observations 1-3 suggest that the effective reproduction number, R, has hovered around one worldwide after the first 30 days of the epidemic.

The paper’s conclusion is that the data trends observed above likely indicate that nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) – such as lockdowns, closures, travel restrictions, stay-home orders, event bans, quarantines, curfews, and mask mandates – do not seem to affect virus transmission rates overall.

Why? Because those policies have varied in their timing and implementation across countries and states, but the trends in outcomes do not.

From the study’s authors:

Location and sampling uncertainty. The black solid line in both charts represents the median posterior estimate. The solid magenta line in the top chart represents the median growth rate of 7-day smoothed daily deaths for all 50 locations and corresponds only to the left scale. The two dash-dotted bands in both charts contain two thirds of the posterior probability at each point in time and the two dashed bands, 0.90 of the posterior probability. The growth rates of death is estimated according to the fitted Weibull function. Effective reproduction numbers and normalized transmission rates are based on the SIR model. Day 0 is the earliest date when the cumulative death toll reached 25 in each location.

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Lockdowns, Coronavirus, and Banks: Following the Money – Activist Post

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19-08-20 06:47:00,

By Anthony James Hall

It usually makes sense to follow the money when seeking understanding of almost any major change. The strategy of following the money in our current convergence of crises in late summer of 2020 leads us directly to the lockdowns. The lockdowns were first imposed on people in the Wuhan area of China. Then other populations throughout the world were told to “shelter in place,” all in the name of combating the COVID-19 virus.

Understanding of the enormous impact of the lockdowns is still developing. The lockdowns are proving to pack a far more devastating punch than any other aspect of the strange sequence of events that is making 2020 a year like no other. Even when the issues are narrowed to those of human health, the lockdowns have had, and will continue to have, far more wide-ranging and devastating impacts than the celebrity virus.

The lockdowns have, for starters, been directly responsible for explosive rates of suicide, domestic violence, overdoses, and depression. In the long run, these maladies from the lockdowns will probably kill and harm many more people than COVID-19.

But this comparison does not tell the full story. The nature and length of the lockdowns are causing millions of people to lose their jobs, businesses and financial viability. It seems that the economic descent is still gathering force. The assault of the lockdowns on our economic wellbeing still has much farther to go.

The lockdowns have proven to be a powerful instrument of social control. This attribute is becoming very attractive especially to some politicians. They have discovered they can derive considerable political traction from hyping and exploiting the largely manufactured pandemic panic.

The lockdowns are still a work-in-progress. There are past lockdowns, revolving lockdowns, partial lockdowns, mandatory lockdowns, voluntary lockdowns, severe lockdowns and probably an array of many lockdown types yet to be invented.

The lockdowns extend to disruptions in supply chains, disruptions in money flows, drops in consumption, breakdowns in transport and travelling, increased bankruptcies, losses of finance leading to losses of housing, as well as the inability to pay taxes and debts.

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Lockdowns, Coronavirus, and Banks: “Following the Money”. Devastating Economic and Social Impacts – Global Research

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17-08-20 08:04:00,

It usually makes sense to follow the money when seeking understanding of almost any major change. The strategy of following the money in our current convergence of crises in late summer of 2020 leads us directly to the lockdowns. The lockdowns were first imposed on people in the Wuhan area of China. Then other populations throughout the world were told to “shelter in place,” all in the name of combating the COVID-19 virus.

Understanding of the enormous impact of the lockdowns is still developing. The lockdowns are proving to pack a far more devastating punch than any other aspect of the strange sequence of events that is making 2020 a year like no other. Even when the issues are narrowed to those of human health, the lockdowns have had, and will continue to have, far more wide-ranging and devastating impacts than the celebrity virus.

The lockdowns have, for starters, been directly responsible for explosive rates of suicide, domestic violence, overdoses, and depression. In the long run, these maladies from the lockdowns will probably kill and harm many more people than COVID-19.

But this comparison does not tell the full story. The nature and length of the lockdowns are causing millions of people to lose their jobs, businesses and financial viability. It seems that the economic descent is still gathering force. The assault of the lockdowns on our economic wellbeing still has much farther to go.

The lockdowns have proven to be a powerful instrument of social control. This attribute is becoming very attractive especially to some politicians. They have discovered they can derive considerable political traction from hyping and exploiting the largely manufactured pandemic panic.

The lockdowns are still a work-in-progress. There are past lockdowns, revolving lockdowns, partial lockdowns, mandatory lockdowns, voluntary lockdowns, severe lockdowns and probably an array of many lockdown types yet to be invented.

The lockdowns extend to disruptions in supply chains, disruptions in money flows, drops in consumption, breakdowns in transport and travelling, increased bankruptcies, losses of finance leading to losses of housing, as well as the inability to pay taxes and debts.

The lockdowns extend beyond personal habitations to prohibitions on large assemblies of people in stadiums, concert halls, churches, and a myriad of places devoted to public recreation and entertainment.

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Debunking The Myth That Lockdowns Stop Pandemics

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08-08-20 07:40:00,

Authored by Stacey Rudin via RealClearPolitics.com,

From the beginning of time, humans have used mythology to make sense of a chaotic natural world. Sir G.L. Gomme dubbed myths “the science of a pre-scientific age.” Folklore provided pre-scientific people a comforting sense of control over nature. To address dry spells, they deployed rain dances. Sunless stretches hindering crops prompted offerings to Helios. Then, our ancestors sat back and waited. The rains always came. The sun always reappeared, validating their “wisdom,” the illusion of control reinforced.

Thanks to science, we know this was pure superstition. Though the same outcomes would have occurred had the tribe taken no action, the tribe leader would still have received credit or blame from his constituents.

Similarly, today’s politicians race to take credit – or place blame – for COVID-19 “results.” Do politicians really control these outcomes, or are they simply exploiting our ingrained tendencies? 

When China first deployed lockdown in January to “defeat COVID-19,” The Washington Post approvingly quoted a Georgetown University professor as saying,

“The truth is those kinds of lockdowns are very rare and never effective…”

In March, Imperial College London’s dire projections influenced the White House, but a careful reading of the advice contained in the Imperial College report reveals that its authors knew lockdown alone could not eliminate any infections, only delay them:

“The more successful a strategy is at temporary suppression,” it stated, “the larger the later epidemic is predicted to be in the absence of vaccination, due to lesser build-up of herd immunity.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic planning documents state non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing are ineffective once a disease infects 1% of a region’s population. Literature on this subject is unanimous worldwide. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control:

“There are no historical observations or scientific studies that support the confinement by quarantine of groups of possibly infected people for extended periods in order to slow the spread.

It is hard to imagine that measures like those within the category of social distancing would not have some positive impact by reducing transmission of a human respiratory infection…

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Gezonde Lockdowns | Door Christian Kreiß | KenFM.de

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04-08-20 06:09:00,

Welke politieke en economische maatregelen zouden ons echt goed doen?

Een standpunt van Christian Kreiß.

De vorige lockdownmaatregelen en het systematisch opwekken van angst door politici en de media hebben ons sterk toenemend huiselijk geweld, toenemend alcohol- en sigarettengebruik, toenemend overgewicht en toenemende zelfmoorden opgeleverd. Ze hebben ons afgesloten van de frisse lucht, beperkte buitensport, sport, cultuur en religieuze praktijk. Ze hebben veel operaties en bezoeken aan artsen voorkomen. Kortom, ze hebben ons zieker gemaakt en doen dat nog steeds.

Wat we nodig hebben is iets heel anders: we hebben lockdowns nodig voor degenen die ons ziek maken. We zouden maatregelen moeten nemen om ons gezond te maken en concepten als „Covid 20“ of „21“, of een „Kazachstaanse Covid“ te voorkomen.

Wat zijn de grondoorzaken van de varkensgriep, vogelgriep, sars, Covid-19? Veel van de ziekmakende golven van de afgelopen jaren hebben te maken met dieren, zoals de namen al zeggen, vogelgriep, varkensgriep, met dieren in massale houderij, die onder onuitsprekelijke, wrede omstandigheden hun leven slijten. Iedereen met een hart voor dieren zal huilen als ze zien hoe massaal varkens worden gehouden, wat vandaag de dag gebruikelijk is. Het houden van kippen voor de eieren gebeurt voor het grootste deel in minikooien, zonder zon, op vele verdiepingen, zonder grond. Voor het grootste deel zien onze slachtkippen hun hele leven geen enkele zonnestraal, hebben nog nooit een worm geplukt, worden volgepompt met antibiotica. Dat eten we op. We nemen het op. Al dat lijden.

In Covid-19 zijn de slachthuizen opvallend vaak de ergste besmettingshaarden, trefwoord Tönnies. Fabrieken waar dieren worden geslacht, gemarteld en gedood onder afschuwelijke omstandigheden. Waarom komen hier zoveel Covid-infecties voor?

Het lijkt wel of het terugkomt in ons hoofd wat we de arme dieren die we zo genadeloos behandelen, aandoen.

Lockdown voor veeteeltfabrieken, grote industriële landbouw en pesticidefabrieken

Het eerste wat we dus zouden kunnen doen is de industriële massale veeteelt en de massale slacht van dieren afschaffen, in het algemeen de hele industriële grootschalige landbouwfabrieken, en dat zou zowel de productie, dat wil zeggen de grote landbouwbedrijven, als de industriële verwerking betekenen. Onze huidige conventionele landbouw maakt niet alleen systematisch misbruik van onze dieren,

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