The Fauci-worshiping, hair-on-fire pant-wetters can suck it.
In mid-March, when my state (like most of the rest of the country) went into “hard” lockdown, I thought that was the prudent response to the outbreak of a potentially deadly virus that we knew little to nothing about.
By mid-April, when it was clear that 1) KungFlu was not nearly as deadly to the general population as first believed, and 2) the lockdowns were doing fuck-all nothing to stop the spread of the virus in any case, I started agitating bigly for us to reopen wholesale, use common sense, keep truly vulnerable populations isolated and take care of any who became truly ill quickly. (Oh, and to make HCQ available OTC, but let’s not get too deeply into that.)
I was called, among other things, crazy and delusional by the hair-on-fire, pant-wetting worshipers of Dr. Doom Fauci.
But as we near the end of the 5th-month of this “Two Weeks To Flatten The Curve” bullshit, we have the data on the effectiveness of the lockdowns.
And it turns out, I was right.
Measuring from the start of the year to each state’s point of maximum lockdown–which range from April 5 to April 18–it turns out that lockdowns correlated with a greater spread of the virus. States with longer, stricter lockdowns also had larger Covid outbreaks. The five places with the harshest lockdowns–the District of Columbia, New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts–had the heaviest caseloads.
It could be that strict lockdowns were imposed as a response to already severe outbreaks. But the surprising negative correlation, while statistically weak, persists even when excluding states with the heaviest caseloads. And it makes no difference if the analysis includes other potential explanatory factors such as population density, age, ethnicity, prevalence of nursing homes, general health or temperature. The only factor that seems to make a demonstrable difference is the intensity of mass-transit use.Pulled from http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=389959 as I can’t get through the WSJ paywall
I want to see the stats on how greatly the rate of suicides and drug overdoses increased during this pandemic. Then, it’s time to go long torches, pitchforks, tar, and feathers and to start growing some strange fruit on lamp-posts.