So says a recent study out of Stanford University.

Findings show “no clear, significant” benefit to lockdowns and business closures

After comparing countries with more restrictive measures to those with less restrictive measures, the researchers found “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on case growth in any country. “Their findings suggest that mandatory lockdowns don’t significantly stop the spread more than personal measures such as social distancing and masks. “We fail to find an additional benefit of stay-at-home orders and business closures,” the authors concluded.

Research suggests less restrictive interventions can be just as effective

Sweden’s approach included “social distancing guidelines, discouraging of international and domestic travel, and a ban on large gatherings,” while South Korea “relied on intensive investments in testing, contact tracing, and isolation of infected cases and close contacts,” according to the Stanford research. Both Sweden and South Korea had some of the lowest reported COVID cases for much of the pandemic, even without more restrictive measures. “Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions” like those implemented by those two countries, the researchers concluded.and Sweden.

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January 17, 2021 at 11:56AM