The Netherlands have recently implemented a curfew from 21.00 in the evening until 04.30 in the morning, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Who would have ever thought that a flu-like disease would be used as an excuse to have a martial law in my country?
As I have mentioned in several posts, it becomes more and more clear that the lockdowns are causing more damage than the COVID-19 outbreak itself. COVID-19 seems like a very serious disease, mainly because of the implemented worldwide lockdowns, causing havoc.
In the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak, hardly anyone questioned the lockdown measures, and those who did were labeled completely irresponsible. I have read several reports of lockdown critics receiving hate mail like, “Do you want to kill our grandmothers?”
Now, in the start of 2021, more and more people question the lockdown measures, and some call upon governments to choose Focused Protection instead. The full support for lockdowns is breaking down in our society.
In this scenario, it is obviously always good to get our facts straight. What is really happening, what is really helpful? A group of scientists has done just that. They have written a paper about it, Assessing Mandatory Stay‐at‐Home and Business Closure Effects on the Spread of COVID‐19
The motivation for their research was this:
“The most restrictive non‐pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for controlling the spread of COVID‐19 are mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closures. Given the consequences of these policies, it is important to assess their effects”
The conclusion of their research was this:
“While small benefits cannot be excluded, we do not find significant benefits on case growth of more restrictive NPIs. Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions.”
When a group of conspiracy nuts protest against lockdowns, it can easily be ignored. When groups of young people full of hormones decide to party despite of potential dangers, one can frown upon it. But what are we going to do with this scientific evidence, which cannot be ignored?
Please share this article, or only the link, with people who are still convinced that lockdowns are a good idea. It may convince them they may have been wrong, and that an alternative approach to dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak is a good idea.