A Johns Hopkins professor is taking his university and Big Media to task for trying to ignore a study by economists at the school that found COVID-19 lockdowns reduced virus deaths by a mere 0.2 percent.
Speaking with Tucker Carlson on Feb. 2, Dr. Martin Makary charged: “Johns Hopkins itself did not even put out a press release about this study, and if you look at the media coverage, it’s one of the biggest stories in the world today, and yet certain media outlets have not even covered it.”
Recently chosen for new Virgina governor Glenn Youngkin’s advisory panel on COVID, Makary is a professor of surgery at the private university in Baltimore. He did not contribute to the study.
The economists’ analysis found that restrictions imposed in the spring of 2020 – including orders to stay at home, compulsory masks and social distancing – cut COVID mortality by only 0.2 percent.
They also warned of the devastating effect of lockdowns on people’s happiness and livelihoods, also crucial factors in human health and survival, and concluded that the tyrannical edicts were “ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument” from now on.
The small number of lives that may have been saved by lockdowns doesn’t come close to those lost due to things like missed cancer treatments during quarantines.
Makary said that the .2 percent-saved figure, which amounts to some 1,800 individuals, is more than swallowed up by “the number of non-COVID deaths, what we call the ‘excess non-COVID mortality’ in the United States.
“It was 124,000 excess deaths in year one. So, over two years, it was about a quarter million people who died. Many many scientists have now begun to peel back this number.”
Makary explained that 60,000 to 70,000 of these victims died from substance abuse, while others died from deferred cancer care, suicide and other effects of lockdowns.
He also pointed to the number of children left behind as schools moved online. “There are hundreds of kids in Baltimore alone that the teachers described never logged on to their virtual learning modules, ever,” he said.