Some studies that show the devastating effects of lockdowns

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  • On 20 October 2020, the Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg made an appeal to Daniel Andrews to ‘end lockdown torture’[1].
  • A recent study shows that one out of ten Victorians had seriously contemplated suicide during last year’s lockdowns[2].
  • John Tierney analysed excess deaths in the group aged 15 to 54 in the USA. Most of these weren’t attributable to the virus but to lockdowns[3].
  • Sajid Javid, the UK Health Secretary, has admitted that lockdowns cost lives[4].
  • “The number of years of life lost to lockdown is many times greater than the number of years of life lost to covid-19” – based on multiple studies[5].
  • The fact that lockdowns have devastated those on lower incomes has been identified in data analysis from Harvard University, Brown University, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation[6]. And “Covid-19 has cost global workers $3.7tn in lost earnings, says ILO”[7].
  • Websites like have been tracking studies about harms from lockdowns.
  • “Evidence is emerging of a wave of non-COVID excess deaths, including in working-age individuals, due to the impact of lockdown policies”[8]








[8] McArthur, Emma, “Responding to Covid-19: Public Health or Public Harm?”, PANDA, June 2021




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