In March 2021, we wrote two sections in ‘Covid-19 the evidence’, namely ‘Economic impacts – the true cost of lockdown’ and ‘Lockdowns – do they work?’. Over a year later, we have revisited not only the financial costs of lockdowns but also the societal costs, the impact on healthcare and the lack of evidence for overall benefit.
2 July 2021 – When a disease is transmitted in a chain person-to-person, as for childhood infections like measles, then reducing human contact reduces transmission. The data on gastroenteritis shows clear evidence of this.
24 June 2021 – An important new paper from the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the US examines the impact of “shelter-in-place” (SIP) policies on excess mortality across a sample of 43 countries and all US states.
13 May 2021 – The continued restrictions on freedom of movement are as baffling as they are outrageous. HART has outlined in briefing papers how flawed the thinking around closed borders and the appearance of variants is, scientifically speaking.
By Professor Marilyn James Professor of Health Economics When an intervention has never been tried before, it is particularly important to carefully assess the potential harm it may inflict. Lockdowns have never previously been used in response to a pandemic. They have significant and serious consequences for health (including mental health), livelihoods and the economy. […]
By Professor Marilyn James Professor of Health Economics and Professor David Paton Professor of Industrial Economics “To be young in my generation was to feel that your future had been mortgaged out from under you, and that’s a tragic mistake we must never allow our leaders to make again.” (Ronald Reagan) Devastating economic impacts from […]