Were lockdowns a mistake? To that nagging question, the answer increasingly seems to be yes.
The lockdowns also prevented cancer screenings, heart-attack treatment and substance-abuse counseling, the absence of which resulted in a large but hard-to-estimate number of deaths.
Examples include shaming beachgoers though outdoor virus spread is minimal; extending school shutdowns though few children get or transmit the infection; closing down gardening aisles in superstores; and barring church services while blessing inevitably noisy and crowded demonstrations for politically favored causes.
“A prolonged lockdown combined with a forced economic depression would inflict an immense and wide-ranging toll on public health.” https://humansarefree.com/2020/10/ny-post-lockdowns-huge-mistake.html