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Conclusion: pandemic restrictions all been a waste of time

New study says lockdowns only reduced COVID mortality by .2 percent

Economists who carried out a meta-analysis found draconian restrictions imposed in spring 2020 - including stay-at-home orders, compulsory masks and social distancing - only reduced Covid mortality by 0.2 per cent. They warned that lockdowns caused 'enormous economic and social costs' and concluded they were 'ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument' going forward. The review, led by a Johns Hopkins University professor, found border closures had virtually zero effect on Covid mortality, reducing deaths by just 0.1 per cent. However the researchers found closing nonessential shops was the most effective intervention, leading to a 10.6 per cent drop in virus fatalities. Their report, which has not been peer-reviewed, said that this was probably due to shutting pubs and restaurants where alcohol is consumed. School closures were linked to a smaller 4.4 per cent decrease. Pictured: The top 10 countries with the highest Covid death rates, followed by the US, UK Canada, Australia and New Zealand for comparison (left); study looked at 24 studies comparing the effect of lockdowns to no lockdowns and mandatory restrictions versus voluntary rules (top and bottom right).