The study, penned by researchers from the Minnesota-based Center of the American Experiment (CAE), calculated the cost of closed businesses and lost jobs per resident between January and March 2021 in all 50 U.S. states.
CAE found that Massachusetts, which endured lockdowns and shutdowns of schools and businesses early in the pandemic, suffered the largest loss of gross domestic product (GDP) at an estimated $11,448 for a household of four, or $2,862 per resident. Ironically, Massachusetts has a Republican leader in the person of Gov. Charlie Baker.
In contrast, Mississippi suffered the least among the 50 states. Its lenient lockdown policy caused it to suffer a GDP loss of only $4,016 per household, or $1,004 per resident. Mississippi is also helmed by a GOP leader, Gov. Tate Reeves.
“Decisions to shut down large parts of the economy because of the pandemic were not free,” the researchers stated. “Public policy must be judged on its cost as well as its benefit.” (Related: Zero-COVID policy having severe effects on Chinese economy.)
The CAE paper appeared to back up the results of a February 2022 meta-analysis, this time by researchers from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in New York. The JHU researchers pointed out that COVID-19 lockdowns caused more harm than good.
The authors of the paper examined more than 18,000 studies and found that lockdowns in the U.S. and Europe in the spring of 2020 only reduced COVID-19 deaths by a measly 0.2 percent.
“This meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted,” the researchers wrote. “In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
Fauci admits lockdowns had serious impact on education, economy
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci recently justified lockdowns as a response to COVID-19 despite recognizing them as draconian. It followed his earlier downplaying of the effects of these lockdowns on children.
“Sometimes when you do draconian things, [they have] collateral negative consequences,” he said during The Atlantic Festival event in September, which was organized by the Atlantic magazine. “Just like when you shut things down, even temporarily, it does have deleterious consequences on the economy [and] on the school children, you know that.”
“You have to make a balance when the only way to stop something cold in its tracks is to shut things down.”
The White House Chief Medical Advisor told Ross Andersen, editor for the Atlantic, that the “divisiveness of social media” played a big role in making his guidance about COVID-19 lockdowns controversial.
“When you have a divisiveness in society where every time you say something, you have X number of people with social media looking to attack it, that adds to the understandable confusion when you’re dealing with an evolving outbreak,” he said.
Still, Fauci insisted that the “draconian” lockdowns, masking and vaccination were needed because hospitals were being “overrun.”
He earlier dismissed worries about the impact of lockdowns and school closures during a Fox News appearance. “I don’t think it’s forever irreparably damaged anyone,” he told the channel’s Neil Cavuto.
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