The overwhelming majority of Covid-related deaths, the evidence shows, are among those over 70 with other pre-existing conditions. Recorded cases are up in recent weeks – but we’re doing a quarter of a million tests daily, compared to just 20,000 during the April pandemic peak. Covid-related hospitalisation and deaths still remain low, with total fatalities from respiratory conditions, and deaths overall, similar to any normal year.
The GBD authors insist this is not a political exercise. “Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we’ve devoted our careers to protecting people,” they write. “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health”.
Gupta and her co-authors boast decades at the pinnacle of global science. Imposing lockdown measures across all age groups is having terrible health implications, they say – not least as the NHS has significantly restricted non-Covid treatments. We’re seeing “worsening cardiovascular