For mental health’s sake: to lockdown or not to lockdown?

By Nithin Sasikumar in BFO #333, 23 Jul, 21

Last year, when countries across the world imposed lockdowns to prevent the spread of Covid-19, a debate raged on whether the hardship caused by the lockdown was worse than just letting the virus run its course given its ‘low’ mortality rates. That the ‘cure’ was worse than the disease.

New research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) says that the study of all-cause mortality across 94 countries revealed more deaths in countries with fewer Covid restrictions, and that lockdowns may have reduced the annual mortality by up to 6% just by eliminating the spread of the flu.