As COVID cases and deaths rise across America, governments are putting more and more restrictions in place.
Virginia is the latest state to implement a statewide curfew. Beginning Monday, Virginians will only be allowed out of their homes between midnight and 5 AM if they are getting food, going to work, or for a medical emergency.
The problem is curfews don't work. Even the corporate news media is picking up on this.
The Sacramento Bee writing about California's curfew, 'the state imposed a nighttime curfew for the state’s hardest-hit counties, saying it was crucial to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations. “We are sounding the alarm,” (California Governor Gavin) Newsom said as he issued the order on Nov. 19. It didn’t appear to work.'
Cases continue to climb in Cali as they are elsewhere. Massachusetts and Ohio both put curfews in place only to see COVID cases 'surge.'
Not only have curfews not worked, neither have masks, social distancing, closing businesses, or lockdowns. If they had worked, cases would be declining.
Clearly, they are not.
To provide more evidence, The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) took a look at three studies that say the countries that put the most severe lockdowns in place didn't impact their COVID mortality rates.
First, The Lancet.
A July 21st study said, 'government actions such as border closures, full lockdowns, and a high rate of COVID-19 testing were not associated with statistically significant reductions in the number of critical cases or overall mortality,'
Second, Frontiers in Public Health. Researchers wrote, 'Stringency of the measures settled to fight pandemia, including lockdown, did not appear to be linked with death rate.'
Third, Tel Aviv University. That study concluded, 'We would have expected to see fewer Covid-19 fatalities in countries with a tighter lockdown, but the data reveals that this is not the case.'
Despite this evidence, the politicians continue to double down on policies that don't work. Not only do these policies not work, but they also increase cases of depression, overdoses, domestic, and child abuse. It's time to stop. It's time to treat us and talk to us like the adults that we are. Give us information that will best allow us to make our own best decisions.
And allow us to make them.
That's called freedom. A concept that seems increasingly foreign to more and more politicians.