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1905, 16 Nov 23

Freedom as Effective as Tyranny in Combatting Virus


Covid lockdowns were no more effective at reducing infections than letting people adapt their own behaviour, a major Oxford University-baked study suggests.


A team of international researchers created a model that estimates Covid death and unemployment rates in response to different pandemic policies.


Results suggest that imposing shutdowns — that forced people to stay home and closed essential shops — squashed fatality rates from the virus.


However, leaving people to adapt their own behaviour — such as by socialising less to avoid becoming infected, an approach used in Sweden — was just as effective.


1905, 16 November 2023


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