By contrast, guess who the best states were? The states that dealt with the virus more sensibly — states that were also concerned about education and the economy. Embarrassingly, the media's clownish and bigoted slams of Southern states opening of schools and businesses proved wrong and the study showed Florida dominated media darlings California & New York.
Liberals are having a meltdown over the study because it shoots down all their preconceptions and talking points. But the bottom line is that from the start, you needed to factor in things like the economy and education. The GOP came around to sense long before Democrats did and it had an effect.
This isn’t the first study showing that lockdowns didn’t do much for COVID mortality. Johns Hopkins had a meta-analysis that came to a similar conclusion: “Such a standard benefit-cost calculation leads to a strong conclusion: lockdowns should be rejected out of hand as a pandemic policy instrument.” - Read More