A new study from the USA shows that the strict lockdowns and rigid measures during the corona pandemic were not only unsuccessful – quite the opposite! If you take a closer look at the corona deaths, the economic consequences and the consequences in the education sector, the result is shocking. The ten US states with the strictest measures were also those with the worst impact on the population.
Steven Moore, co-author of the study, charged that shutting down the economy and schools was by far the biggest mistake governors and state leaders could have made during the Covid-19 pandemic. School closures had no measurable effect on child or adult deaths.
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who was the first to be so highly praised, had to put up with a relegated 49th place in the ranking. The impact was even worse in New Jersey, which came last in the study. But according to Moore, California, Illinois and Washington DC would also have failed miserably. They had high old-age mortality, mass unemployment and a drop in school performance. The measures in nursing homes, some of which had to take in Covid-19 patients, also had bad effects.
The best-performing states were Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota, Florida, and New Hampshire—all states with Republican leadership. Maine follows in eighth place under Democratic (left) leadership. In the leading states, there was hardly any slump in the economic or educational system, and the number of corona deaths was no higher than in states with strict measures. Utah even managed to increase gross domestic product.
Three states stand out for having combined scores well above the others: Utah, Nebraska, and Vermont. They were well above average in all three categories. Six other states followed, including Montana and South Dakota, which are nearly two standard deviations above average in terms of economy but 0.8 to 1.0 below average in terms of mortality (i.e., higher death rates). New Hampshire and Maine were about 1.5 standard deviations above average in mortality, while also slightly above average economically. Although sometimes criticized for its policies being “too open,” Florida has shown average mortality while maintaining high levels of economic activity and 96 percent open schools.
Conclusion of the study
The explorers stated according to the New York Times: “The states that locked down their economies had, on average, about two percentage points higher unemployment rates than states that did not implement severe lockdowns. These high state unemployment rates have existed for two years now. Most lockdown states have still not fully recovered the jobs lost in the early months of COVID.
The study “A Final Report Card on the States’ Response to COVID-19‘ was conducted by Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago, Steven Moore of the Heritage Foundation and Phil Kerpen of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity.