The fickle ‘science’ of lockdowns – BoilingNews


‘Follow the science’ has been the rallying cry of lockdown supporters since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But before March 2020, the mainstream scientific community, including the World Health Organization, was vehemently opposed to lockdowns and similar measures against infectious diseases.

That judgment came from a historical analysis of pandemics and the realization that societal constraints carry serious socioeconomic costs and almost entirely speculative benefits. Our pandemic response, based on lockdowns and closely related ‘non-pharmaceutical interventions’ or NPIs, represented an unprecedented and unwarranted shift in scientific opinion from where it stood a few months before the discovery of Covid-19.

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