The United States has suffered nearly 300,000 more deaths than usual in the past three years from the pandemic that cannot be attributed to Covid, with researchers blaming lockdowns and delays in healthcare.
The latest official data shows that there were 1.26 million excess deaths between February 2020 and the end of 2022, of which around 295,000 did not have Covid on their death certificates. These are mostly made up of surges in deaths from cancer, heart disease, drug overdoses, and firearms in the past three years.
Dr. Steve Hanke, an economist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, told DailyMail.com that the shutdowns had devastating economic effects with little benefit to the overall health of the nation.
Dr. Coady Wing, a health policy expert at Indiana University, told DailyMail.com that these pandemic mandates kept the people who most needed care away from the doctor’s office, potentially costing thousands of lives.
The official number of deaths from covid-19 according to the CDC is almost 1.1 million, but that does not include associated deaths, such as fatal overdoses during lockdowns.
The United States has suffered a greater increase in deaths than many other nations, including Sweden, which has become famous for opting against Covid-19 lockdown measures.
Data from nearly every country that instituted lockdowns in the spring of 2020 shows an initial rise in deaths from other causes, including heart disease, cancer, and other common ailments.
Leading experts in the UK have suggested that up to 3,000 Britons die each week due to disruptions to daily life caused by the country’s strict lockdowns, for example.
The nation recorded an excess of 2,837 deaths for the week ending January 13, with just five percent attributed to Covid.
Some experts believe the recent rise in other causes of death in Britain would have been avoided without strict lockdowns.
According to the CDC, the United States suffered an excess of 1,265,751 deaths between February 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022.
The United States never went into a nationwide lockdown; instead, the federal government left decisions about the pandemic in the hands of state, county and city officials.
While some states, such as California and New York, enacted strict mandates, others, such as Florida and Texas, eschewed statewide orders altogether.
Dr. Coady Wing (pictured), a health policy expert at Indiana University, said it’s hard to say how many lives the shutdown actually saved.
Even after many of these orders were withdrawn, many clinics shifted primarily to telehealth services rather than in-person medical visits. The availability of in-person medical services was limited in some parts of the United States.
Both out of fear of the virus and to avoid overloading healthcare systems, many Americans have also decided to postpone doctor visits.
This combined to cause a surge of deaths during the pandemic caused by factors external to the virus.
the cdc reports a five percent increase in cancer deaths, and a 2021 study found that cancer cases are now being detected later than usual in the United States, increasing the mortality risk of each case.
A study published last year by researchers at the Dartmouth Institute in New Hampshire found a 22 percent increase in death from Alzheimer’s in the first year of the pandemic.
In a 2022 study, CDC researchers found that deaths from heart disease rose four percent in 2020, representing “about five years of lost progress” in the fight against America’s leading cause of death. , agency investigators wrote.
These jumps in deaths were primarily due to Americans missing medical appointments and not receiving medical treatment due to the restrictions.
In October, Dr. Engy Ziedan, an economist at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Dr. Coady Wing, a health policy expert at Indiana University, published research analyzing how these lockdowns affected the death toll.
They found that between 25 and 33 percent of non-Covid-related deaths during the first two months of the pandemic were caused by missed appointments. This is because people missed surgeries, screenings, and other necessary treatments.
California has suffered the most excess deaths for reasons other than Covid despite its strict pandemic lockdown and mask orders
The US recorded more excess deaths than much of Western Europe, including Sweden, despite lockdown orders for the country early in the COVID-19 pandemic
As a result, their condition deteriorated or they had diseases that they could have caught that went undetected until they got sicker.
“It is a difficult question to decide how many lives were saved by the lockdowns,” Dr Wing told DailyMail.com.
“What we’re finding is that some of the things that people did to avoid the risk of covid, one of those things was to reduce regular utilization of health care, and that had health consequences.”
Dr. Steve Hanke (pictured), an economist at Johns Hopkins, found that lockdowns alone saved about 10,000 lives in the US and Europe.
She also noted that those most likely to cancel appointments were likely the sickest, further exacerbating their health problems.
“Cutting care for covid-sensitive groups was bad for their health,” Dr. Wing continued.
Dr. Steve Hanke, a school economist from Baltimore, Maryland, found that strict Covid protocols in early 2020 saved 10,000 lives in the US and Europe.
He led research into the true impact of the lockdowns together with researchers from Sweden and Denmark, finding that the devastating policies only reduced Covid mortality by 0.1 percent.
“The lockdown study found that lockdowns in the spring of 2020 had a negligible effect on Covid mortality,” Dr Hanke told DailyMail.com.
According to a 2022 analysis led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, business closures didn’t do much to prevent deaths either.
‘Our meta-analysis includes studies employing two different methods. Depending on the method used, lockdowns prevented between 6,000 and 23,000 deaths in Europe; Whereas, there are approximately 72,000 flu deaths in Europe every year.’
In California, major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have repeatedly instituted mask orders, curfews and other stay-at-home measures during the pandemic. The Golden State registered 33,730, the most of any state by a wide margin.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, on the other hand, has strongly opposed the Covid measures, even banning some vaccine checks and mask orders in his state.
Despite looser Covid policies, Florida recorded an excess of 20,000 deaths, far fewer than California.
The United States has suffered a larger increase in cumulative deaths than many of its peers.
As of November 27, according to the most recent data available from OurWorldInData, the United States had suffered 14% more deaths than expected since January 1.
This is higher than the UK (ten percent more deaths than expected) and Spain (11 percent), both of which were more lockdown-friendly than the US.
It’s also higher than Sweden (five percent), a nation that chose not to implement strict covid orders when the pandemic began.
While it is still debated whether the lockdowns may have saved lives, experts point to the devastation the policy took on economies around the world.
“The closures were an obvious economic wrecking ball,” said Dr. Hanke.
“After the lockdowns, GDP plummeted and bankruptcies increased. Excess deaths resulting from deadly conditions that went undiagnosed and untreated increased.
‘Children missed out on face-to-face learning, which slowed their skill build-up and reduced productivity. The World Health Organization estimates a 25 percent increase in anxiety disorders during the first year of the pandemic.
“Large segments of the nation’s workforce have left their jobs, never to return.”
The International Monetary Fund estimated a three percent drop in global GDP caused by the lockdowns.
The 2009 global financial crisis, known as one of the worst economic periods in generations, only recorded a 0.1 percent drop for comparison.
Of the nearly 300,000 excess non-Covid deaths, more than 10 percent occurred in California.
The Golden State registered 33,730, the most of any state by a wide margin. The Democratic-ruled state had strict lockdowns and mask orders that went on for months in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and San Francisco.