A new study evaluating global COVID-19 responses concluded that mandatory lockdown orders failed to provide more benefits to slowing the spread of the virus than other measures including social distancing or travel reduction.
The peer-reviewed study was conducted by a group of Stanford researchers and ultimately published on January 5th.
The study “compared cases in England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the U.S. – all countries that implemented mandatory lockdown orders and business closures – to South Korea and Sweden, which implemented less severe, voluntary responses. It aimed to analyze the effect that less restrictive or more restrictive measures had on changing individual behavior and curbing the transmission of the virus,” a summary noted.
Following that model, the study concluded that there is “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on case growth in any country.”