The pandemic may be over for the most part, but the effects of it are still very much real and a new study has concluded that the restrictive lockdowns that Americans were subjected to, caused a huge spike in excess deaths – a 26 percent jump in mortality rate for working-age Americans.
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) conducted a study about the effects of the lockdowns and restrictions, and they found that there were over 170,000 non-covid deaths in the United States from 2020 to 2021.
The study also noted that the real number may be closer to 200,000 – over 70,000 “unmeasured covid deaths” were not considered and those people may have only died with the virus and not from the virus itself.
In their findings, the researchers wrote, “Summing our estimates across causes and age groups, we estimate 171,000 excess non-Covid deaths through the end of 2021 plus 72,000 unmeasured Covid deaths. The Economist has assembled national-level mortality data from around the world and obtains a similar U.S. estimate, which is 199,000 (including any unmeasured Covid) or about 60 persons per 100,000 population (Global Change Data Lab 2022).”
Adding that “While Covid deaths overwhelmingly afflict senior citizens, absolute numbers of non-Covid excess deaths are similar for each of the 18-44, 45-64, and over-65 age groups, with essentially no aggregate excess deaths of children. Mortality from all causes during the pandemic was elevated 26 percent for working-age adults (18-64), as compared to 18 percent for the elderly.”
Studies done around the world have also come up with similar results – especially if that country was locked down for a significant amount of time.
The NBER researchers state that “For the European Union as a whole, the estimate is near-identical at 64 non-Covid excess deaths per 100K.”
Pointing out that “In contrast, the estimate for Sweden is -33, meaning that non-Covid causes of death were somewhat low during the pandemic.”
“We suspect that some of the international differences are due to the standard used to designate a death as Covid, but perhaps also Sweden’s result is related to minimizing the disruption of its citizen’s normal lifestyles,” the researchers add.
Sweden famously rejected the rest of the world’s actions during the thick of the covid pandemic and refused to lock down its citizens and the evidence shows that Sweden experienced far less death than everywhere else.
This was confirmed by the World Health Organization when they released figures that showed Sweden had fewer covid deaths per capita than the rest of Europe.
The Telegraph reported, “In 2020 and 2021, the country had an average excess death rate of 56 per 100,000 – compared to 109 in the UK, 111 in Spain, 116 in Germany and 133 in Italy.”
Johns Hopkins University also conducted their own study and released it in February, concluding that global lockdowns have done far more damage on society than benefit and researchers urged that any similar measures in the future “are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
“While 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 concluded.
We are feeling these consequences now as the world is more divided than ever, and we still have to worry about the effects of the covid vaccines which interestingly now coincide with a new phenomenon – sudden adult death syndrome.