A new study published in The Lancet, a medical journal, has revealed that Covid-19 mandates such as lockdowns, mask mandates, and business closures, had no effect on the total number of deaths experienced as a result of the pandemic.
The study found that "Mandate propensity (a summary measure that captures a state's use of physical distancing and mask mandates) was associated with a statistically significant and meaningfully large reduction in the cumulative infection rate, but not the cumulative death rate."
While vaccines, masking, and restrictions on where people could go were associated with lower infection rates, only vaccines were associated with a lower death rate.
The study also found that "Increased vaccine coverage and vaccine mandates for state employees were associated with reductions in both fourth-grade mathematics and reading test scores," and that increased mask use, more mobility, mask mandates, and vaccine mandates for school employees were also associated with reductions in fourth-grade mathematics scores.
With schools being shut down during the pandemic and the rise of remote learning, many states have seen a marked decrease in students reading and mathematics levels.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, issued in October of 2022, found that just 26 percent of eighth graders were proficient in math, down from 34 percent in 2019. 36 percent of fourth graders were proficient in math, down from 41 percent in 2019.
Reading proficiency scores for fourth graders is at 33 percent, with eighth graders scoring 31 percent.
The study did not find any association between mandates and reductions in state GRP, or between infections or deaths and GDP.
The study also noted that pre-Covid-19 characteristics of states, such as poverty rates, the type of non-white population, and education levels, played a role in the level of vaccination.
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