An intriguing study was just published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Human Behaviour yesterday. Researchers decided to rank the effectiveness of over 4000 government interventions to address #COVID-19.
The manuscript provides a rating of the effectiveness of specific measures used in hopes of reducing the reproduction number R(t) during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. This probably done in hopes that the results could help authorities to better deal with future pandemic waves.
While the study’s scientists noted the means to prevent the spread of the virus included gathering cancellations, closing of borders, telecommuting employees to work from home, can be highly effective, but timing is everything. If policies are not implemented early on, then infection can spread rapidly.
Among the remedies that were examined were mandatory lockdowns, but scientists determined they had negative effects on social and cultural life including the economy. Ultimately, the best way to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the study states, is through education and disseminating information to the public. Essentially, voluntary guidelines not necessarily government intervention.
In short, the scientists concluded intrusive measures are not needed to bend the curve. In many ways, this is what Sweden has already done and is continuing to do successfully. At the very least, this research is helpful to know the impact of coercive measures used to stem the tide of coronavirus infections.
No doubt the media and politicians, like Gretchen Whitmer and Joe Biden, will ignore these scientist’s findings like they’ve paid no attention to Sweden’s success. This isn’t the science leftists like nor are these the scientists they will listen to because it doesn’t rubber-stamp their lust for power.