COVID19 update, May 27, 2020: Norwegian official report now questions necessity of lockdown; Dr. John Campbell on The Lancet hydroxychloroquine study

The lockdown occurred in New Zealand at the beginning of the school year. Public attitudes would be different if the lockdown cancelled end of year exams that determined qualifications for university and all sorts of other opportunities.

Vaguely remember reading in China that there lockdown occurred during the school exam term and has caused all sorts of chaos regarding university admissions

Also read that many in the US are deferring going to college for a year

Spin, strangeness, and charm

 

(1)  According to the Spectator (UK), a report (in Norwegian) by the Norwegian public health authority now argues their lockdown was probably unnecessary as voluntary social distancing efforts were already effective enough.

Norway is assembling a picture of what happened before lockdown using observed data – hospital figures, infection numbers and so on – to assess the situation in the country in March. At the time, no one really knew. It was feared that Covid was rampant with each person infecting two or three others – and only lockdown could stop this exponential growth by cutting the R number to 1 or lower. But the country’s public health authority has published a report with a striking conclusion: the virus was never spreading as fast as had been feared and was already on the way out when lockdown was ordered. ‘It looks as if the effective reproduction rate had already dropped to…

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