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Economists are fueling the war against public health

12 mins | Feb 16, 2022
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Were lockdowns and mask mandates useless? A 2022 report grabbed headlines with claims that COVID-19 regulations — like mask-wearing, social distancing, and stay-at-home orders — only reduced deaths by 0.2 per cent. However, a closer look reveals that it’s an example of scientific cherry-picking to prove a preferred thesis. With the pandemic nearing its third year and more than 900,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States alone, the frustrated public is likely to believe any justification for abandoning disease control measures. Here, the former senior fellow for global health, Laurie Garrett, argues that simply comparing China with Sweden removes any shred of doubt.
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