New Study Says Lockdowns Didn’t Work

A new study found that mandatory lockdown orders early in the pandemic did not provide significantly more benefits than other voluntary measures, such as social distancing or travel reduction (Newsweek)

“Implementing any NPIs was associated with significant reductions in case growth in 9 out of 10 study countries, including South Korea and Sweden that implemented only lrNPIs [less restrictive NPIs] (Spain had a non‐significant effect). After subtracting the epidemic and lrNPI effects, we find no clear, significant beneficial effect of mrNPIs on case growth in any country,” the study said.