Lockdown saved 533 million lives, better continue?
09 Jun 2020
The research studies found that Lockdown has saved more than 533 million lives from coronavirus in Europe. The researchers at Imperial College London found the death toll would have been huge and terrific if there was no lockdown. Another research by the University of California, Berkeley also analyzed the impact of lockdowns in China, South Korea, Iran, France, and the US and concluded that the lockdowns have curbed the tendency of doubling the pandemic as it was before lockdowns.
The researchers at Imperial College London who studied the impact of restrictions in 11 European countries up to the beginning of May i.e., Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK have concluded that the lockdowns would have saved about 3.1 million lives. Dr. Seth Flaxman, from Imperial College, said that the lockdown has averted millions of deaths that would have been a tragedy.
Whereas the researchers from the University of California, Berkeley who conducted their studies in countries such as China, South Korea, Iran, France, and the US found that the lockdowns in these countries have saved about 530 million lives.
The researchers but unanimously says that only a small proportion of people had been infected so far and the world is at the beginning of the pandemic. Besides, lockdowns have changed the people’s behavior in response to the Covid threat and it would not have possible without lockdowns. This research warns that as lockdowns start to lift, there will be chances of more risks that the virus could start to spread again probably through its repeated waves in the future.