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Lockdowns to prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

In early 2020, many nation states introduced unprecedented legal restrictions on freedom of movement, termed a “COVID lockdown”, because it was nominally as a response to COVID-19. Officially only intended to last matter of weeks, in most nations they stretched into months, and were repeated. While they had unprecedented effects on society, as of early 2021, evidence that they impacted the spread of Covid-19 significantly is remarkably thin.



Efficacy of Lockdowns

Externalities of Lockdowns

Mortality Effects March 17, 2021 (BBC) Covid-19 disruptions [they mean lockdowns 🙄] killed 228,000 children in South Asia, says UN report… meanwhile they only had 186,000 covid deaths at the time this article was published

Economic Impacts of Lockdowns

Lockdowns for Omicron

2021 December 14 - Cornell President Martha E. Pollack issued the following statement Dec. 14:

Since our Saturday message, our surveillance testing has continued to identify the rapid spread of COVID-19 among our student population. While faculty and staff case numbers currently remain low, just last evening our COVID-19 testing lab team identified evidence of the highly contagious Omicron variant in a significant number of Monday’s positive student samples. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, the university is moving to Alert Level Red and announcing a number of immediate measures, outlined below.

I want to make clear that our evidence of Omicron is preliminary. PCR testing has identified its hallmark (the so-called S-gene dropout) in a substantial number of virus samples. While we must await confirmatory sequencing information to be sure that the source is Omicron, we are proceeding as if it is.

Event cancellations and campus impacts-

All university activities involving undergraduates (including events and social gatherings) and all university-sponsored events (including winter celebrations) are canceled. The December 18 recognition ceremony for December graduates is canceled. Students utilizing Cornell Dining are strongly encouraged to “grab-and-go”; if you must eat near others, please do so at a distance. Libraries are closed to students. Athletics competitions on Sunday are canceled. Fitness centers and gyms are closed to students. Offices and labs remain open, but undergraduate students should not participate in any work-study or lab work.

lockdowns_to_prevent_sars-cov-2_transmission.txt · Last modified: 2021/12/18 14:08 by pamela