A new Stanford University study of common COVID-19 responses in the United States and nine other nations concludes point to the failure of stay-at-home orders and business closures on the spread of the coronavirus.
The study, titled ‘Assessing Mandatory Stay‐at‐Home and Business Closure Effects on the Spread of COVID‐19,’ was published in European Journal of Clinical Investigation.
A study chart summarized effectiveness of COVID-19 counter-measures in England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and the US.
The authors said they did not find significant benefits on COVID-19 case growth with mandatory stay-at-home and business closures.
“Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions,” they wrote.
The study analyzed whether a policy was significant or not significant in affecting case growth.
Policies deemed significant included social distance and national travel ban.
Not-significant responses included national lockdown, school closure, home isolation, no gathering, religious closure and stop-the-spread guidelines.
Check out the full study here.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem tweeted about it Friday, saying the findings back up the “back-to-normal” approach she’s taken for South Dakota since April.
Noem quoted from the report’s conclusion that said the study “failed to find an additional benefit of stay-at-home orders and business closures” and added her perspective: “Put simply, lockdowns DON’T work.”