Some people believe that lockdowns are a step too far in trying to control the Covid-19 pandemic, but according to an analysis of global health data, the level of impact is unlikely to be worse than the health effects of Covid-19.
Using the World Mortality Dataset, which includes data updated through to mid-2021, the international team reviewed evidence from 94 countries that had or had not imposed lockdown measures during the pandemic.
Their aim was to find out whether the lockdowns caused more harm to health than Covid-19 itself. They did this by analysing the countries where governments imposed strict restrictions and which had few Covid cases, and assessed whether the lockdowns were linked to excess deaths. They also looked at the effect on routine health services, suicide, and mental health.