The U.S. Marines performed a controlled experiment on lockdowns and found that strict COVID protocols did not stop the spread of the virus… in fact, they made it worse.
The military is the perfect place for a strict experiment on COVID lockdowns. They already have a captive group of test subjects, after all. Members of the military are already in a position to obey nearly every last stricture in any coronavirus lockdown experiment.
Consequently, the Marines corralled 2,000 recruits in a COVID lockdown, instructed them in strict mask-wearing, handwashing, and contact policies, and then waited to see if the virus would be kept out of the test area.
It turned out that the social distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing, and other strict medical conditions didn’t work any better to keep the virus from spreading than it did among other recruits that did not observe any of the COVID policies. In fact, the locked down soldiers saw a tad more cases of the virus than the non-locked down soldiers experienced.
In the study, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Naval Medical Research Center studied 1,848 study volunteers during a supervised quarantine at a closed South Carolina college campus after they had quarantined at home for 2 weeks. Each participant was tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on days 2, 7, and 14.
The college quarantine consisted of wearing face coverings, physical distancing, regular handwashing, and daily temperature and symptom monitoring. Two trainees were housed in each dorm room, and each recruit class was housed in a different building and dined and trained at different times, so there was no interaction among them. All spaces were cleaned between classes, and most exercise and training was done outdoors.
Of the 1,848 participants from nine different Marine recruit classes studied from May 15 to Jul 31, 16 (0.9%) tested positive for COVID-19 within 2 days of arrival on campus, 15 (94%) of whom had no symptoms. Another 35 recruits (1.9%) received positive results on days 7 or 14. Five of all 51 recruits (9.8%) who tested positive during the study reported having coronavirus symptoms in the week before testing positive.
Of the 1,554 recruits who didn’t participate in the study but had available test results, 26 (1.7%) tested positive on day 14. No COVID-19 infections were identified through routine testing conducted during daily symptom monitoring.
Notice that all the strict lockdown policies didn’t do a single thing to stop the spread.
The truth is, lockdowns do nothing but destroy the economy, masks do not stop a virus, and social distancing is meaningless.
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