Lockdowns Are Dangerous

Americans, many of whom during the lockdowns have not worked or have worked alone at home, have been at least 51.3 percent more likely to become infected than Amazon and Whole Foods employees who interact with customers, suppliers, and co-workers in grocery stores, work side by side in fulfillment centers, and visit customers in office buildings, hospitals, apartment buildings, and everywhere else while making deliveries.

It’s the virus that transmits where people live and congregate for long stretches of time in small, tiny spaces. That’s why harsher lockdowns bring higher mortality from all causes, including COVID.

9 thoughts on “Lockdowns Are Dangerous”

  1. Also, if you are in lock down, your immune system doesn’t get the exercise it gets during every day new pathogen exposure. It’s the same mechanism by which all kids seem to fall ill in September when they return to school and somehow they are ok for the rest of the school year. The lock downs are setting us up to get sicker if we really catch corona.

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    1. Also, the lack of physical exercise, the lack of exposure to sunlight and fresh air. This is a public health disaster that isn’t saving any lives as we are constantly told. It destroys people.

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  2. I truly do hope we’re past lockdowns. They had a role to play earlier when we did not want to overwhelm hospitals, but now they just do more harm than good.
    Argentina had one of the toughest and longest lasting lockdowns and cases are increasing over there. Clearly we are past the effectiveness of lockdowns at this point.

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    1. “hope we’re past lockdowns”

      Hopefully, I’m starting to wonder if they were a good idea at all…. back in March I agreed with the logic of not overwhelming hospitals (especially when it seemed that lots and lots of ventilators would be needed) but somehow that morphed into the completely wrong idea that lockdowns could stop (rather than simply delay) the normal spread of the virus…. and once it turned out that ventilators were not a good treatment for most cases…. the logic disappeared.

      No country has done a good job of protecting the vulnerable (esp the elderly in care homes) which is shameful (and I suspect purposeful) but Sweden is basically over it… what other country is?

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  3. Did people really interpret lockdowns as meaning that you should not go outside? I never did. I haven’t gone outside as much as I should, but my parents have taken daily walks in their neighborhood since the lockdown began back in March.

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    1. In Spain it was really bad. People would rent neighbors’ pet dogs for €5 to have an excuse to go out for a walk. Then the police caught on and started demanding proof of ownership from pet walkers.

      In Montreal, there was a van driving around residential areas and repeating in a loud, robotic blare “GO HOME NOW. GO INSIDE. DISPERSE. GO HOME AND STAY INSIDE.” It had a particularly great effect on moms with little kids.

      We, in the meantime, spent the whole spring outside.

      Some places are worse than others.

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  4. In my opinion, a lot of so-called “lockdowns” were not “harsh”, but uncomfortable, even while they were poorly constructed and generally ineffective.

    For example, in some parts of the country in which I live, people were not permitted to leave home except to do essential things, including going shopping. This made the lockdown uncomfortable.

    At the same time though, people were not instructed on how to maintain distance, basic hygiene, where to acquire protective equipment etc, and then, they were only permitted to buy a small amount of food per day, which in turn made it necessary for them to risk infection every day when they went shopping. This meant that the lockdown was poorly constructed.

    So maybe the problem isn’t exactly “harsh lockdowns”, but rather, uncomfortable ineffective ones that mostly annoy and torture people.

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