Are Lockdowns Saving Lives? Or Are They Destroying Them?

Are Lockdowns Saving Lives? Or Are They Destroying Them? by Jeff Thompson for The Organic Prepper

Most people would agree the pandemic and oppressive government lockdowns caused a dramatic escalation in mental health issues. A healthy person, confined to their home, with limited to no human contact, is likely to experience severe strain on their mental health.

While the virus itself has a low fatality rate for most demographics, lockdowns can push people of all ages over the brink. This article is not meant to criticize anyone who has chosen to isolate themselves or mask up. It merely explores the effects of mandates on the general population and is based on peer-reviewed studies and publicly available statistics.

Is America headed for another lockdown? 

After the CDC recently revised its guidelines for vaccinated people, many local and state governments nationwide brought back mask mandates and restrictions for many Americans. Will lockdowns soon follow?

Politician Mitch McConnel warned, “These shots need to get in everybody’s arms as rapidly as possible, or we’re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for – that we went through last year.” [source]

And what was that situation? For many, it was a state of lockdownIf the lockdowns worked so well the first time, why are we returning to such policies? A policy of lockdown is a blatant violation of human freedom, the U.S. Constitution, and what it means to be an American. 

If lockdowns and masks are effective why is there a need for these mandates?

We have large meta-analyses to show us that masks don’t work and that diagnosed cases rise in many locations after mask mandates. Here are a few facts on masks: 

  • Cloth masks (which are what most people wear) experience particle penetration of 97%
  • Surgical masks experience particle penetration of 44% [source]
  • The only masks scientifically proven to provide defense against Covid are properly fitted and worn N95 masks, which few non-medical professionals have.
  • Masks lead to increased levels of inhaled carbon dioxide
  • As a result, roughly a third of hospital workers report headaches with long-term N95 use [source]
  • Despite having near-universal mask compliance since April of 2020 and some of the most strict lockdown rules throughout the U.S., by August of 2020, the state of Hawaii experienced roughly a 700% increase in cases over the previous month. 

On September 11, 2020, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed 85% of those who contracted COVID during July either:

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