Opinion: Where’s the Apology? | Shlomo Rudman

A very interesting study by Johns Hopkins University researchers was released this week, in which they showed that lockdowns during the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020 reduced mortality by just 0.2% in both the US and Europe.

That number is stunning. It shows that the lockdowns that were stuffed down our throats were essentially worthless. While it destroyed businesses, livelihoods, and caused a severe worldwide mental health and drug crisis, it did almost nothing to keep people safe.

“While this meta-analysis concluded that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted,” the researchers said. “In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”

I’d like to know where the apology is from our elected and public health officials who insisted that lockdowns were crucial to preserving public health. And I want to know why the mainstream media is ignoring this study’s findings.

The New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today, Axios, Politico, and many other major mainstream outlets completely ignored the study. Why? What compels the powers that be in those newsrooms to ignore a monumental study on one of the most draconian measures ever taken in world history and whose repercussions are still being felt today?

But worse, why won’t the people who had a say in this terrible policy – who knew of the risks – come out and apologize? Man up, say you were wrong, and resign.

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43 COMMENTS

    • On a more serious note, Where is the apology from the government accomplices?
      Ya know,
      The ones who petitioned rabbanim to close down yeshivos?
      The ones who went around to shuls with the police for the greater good?
      Those guys…

  1. Sure! Because who doesn’t enjoy losing a prestigious job with a very nice salary while losing whatever respectability they (think) they might have to boot! Not to mention the great public service they would be doing by availing themselves for public ridicule and derision from the millions affected by their unwise decisions. That said, it is nice to hear an official study confirming the public sentiment!

  2. How about an apology from the vaad who made us vote murphy the corrupt man drunk on power back into power? He is the only governor in the entire usa who is forcing healthcare personel to get the covid booster or lose their job. Wheres the vaad now? Do they want to pay my bills when im fired? There is alrready studys that say the booster dosnt help. I have 1800 antibodies and just had covid. Murphy is overstepping his boundries infringing on our freedoms and ilthe vaad is ok with it. Sick

  3. It is known that the procedures and treatments of those times worked at that time even though they currently do not.
    I believe that those who said “even if it saves one life its worth it” need to rethink if it really was worth locking down the whole world to save a life. Because by saving one life, you may have destroyed many others. We know that “Ani Chasuv Kmais” and many have lost their livelihoods amongst others major psychological damage.

  4. I wonder what the Johns Hopkins Study will find in 2 or 10 years regarding the vaccines and compulsory boosters being forced on everyone by the same people who got everything wrong until now and continue to have the unchecked exclusive rights to define “science”. I guess we will just have to wait and see… but in the meantime we continue our unwavering belief and faith in Lord Covid and his son, our Lord and Savior Anthony Fauci.

  5. Do a little research. Reuters which controls media has executive members who own Pfizer. All one and the same…start connecting dots and learn to make your decisions independently.

  6. The lockdowns were a precaution taken at a time when there were many unknowns. Would you have expressed gratitude if it turned out that the number was 20% not 0.2%? What if that 0.2% improvement included saving the lives of your own family? Would you be more thankful knowing that?

    • Give me a break with this “if it turned out…” garbage. They knew exactly what was going on. That’s why the Supreme Court denied them the 75 years they “needed” to produce their “data.” Can you wait?

      I’m thankful that God WILL execute Divine Justice as is being done right now, bit by bit until this whole PLANDEMIC is over for all to see the lie for what it really is.

      Hold your opinions and PRAY for JUSTICE as promised by your FATHER IN HEAVEN.

  7. We know they are lying. They know they are lying. They know that we know they are lying. We know that they know that we know they are lying. And still they continue to lie.

  8. Liberals lie and cheat on a daily basis and only when they’re publicly called out a fake cry and apology follow and nothing ever happens but Trump and Republicans were tortured and still are tortured for every tiny little thing! Stop voting for liberals or democrats period!!!

    • Grievance and grudge politics is all you are fed. Change your diet of information. You will be healthier, argghhh those awful liberals. Come on…..

  9. It’s always easy to look back and say now that we know this study we can conclude so and so. The point is we didn’t have all the data at the time. Were dealing with a novel virus which we didn’t know how to manage. Would someone who paid life insurance all his life say he shouldn’t have paid all those premiums bec. he is still alive?

    • You can’t even spell anonymous. Your comment makes no sense and will make even less sense as more details come out. The truth is THEY HAD AND HAVE ALL THE DATA. Wake up and get your face out of the rear-view mirror before, Chas V’Shalom you crash.

      • No need to attack me personally. In fact I might add that the notion that it is ok to constantly attack and put others down, whether it’s doctors or regular people like me, is not what Hashem wants from us. Whether people agree with other people, that doesn’t give them the permission to berate and publicly put them down. This is not good middos and it is not what Hashem wants from us. Respect for others, making a kiddush hashem, is what he wants. Arrogance and disrespect for other human beings is not what he wants.

  10. The Democrats are lying so much to us and I don’t understand why everyone is still voting for the Democrats?? What is wrong with you all ??? I don’t care what the VAAD said and I don’t care what anyone said the Democrats are lying so much and they still are. Can you see how they are using President Biden as their goal and they know he isn’t well and they don’t want reporters to ask questions. So let me ironic explains that it huge lies. The election was abused. The result is being cheated. Democracy is being stolen from us.

  11. It would be great if before people publish or comment on “Opinions “ such as this that they would do a little research of their own. This was not a John Hopkins Study as described above, it was a working paper by 3 economists of which 2 aren’t even affiliated with John Hopkins. Furthermore it actually states in the paper that it wasn’t a study associated with JH but is the opinion of the authors. It is not a peer reviewed study published in a leading medical journal so it’s basically something I myself can publish, someone who’s medical education stops at a first aid course I took when I was a teenager. The paper went on to describe a lockdown as a NPI, non pharmaceutical intervention. That my friends is the definition of mask mandate amongst many other items. So in conclusion you have a working paper, non peer reviewed, from 3 economists of which only 1 is associated with JH, none with any medical experience using loose terminology to support a biased opinion. Fake news at its finest.

    • I have a great job in Guatemala picking cherries and other low hanging fruit just waiting for you.

      This paper supports zero of your points. Go look at the hundreds of other papers from around the world (try Israel, for example) that are being cited that prove exactly the opposite.

      Excuse me, I have to run to a medical appointment with my economist. See you there?

  12. I pray that any issues between every comment on TLS will be resolved in a manner that glorifies God and advances His Torah.

    We live in extraordinary times.

    Trust in HASHEM. Period.

  13. For those who like evidence based information. That is great! Just make sure to follow all studies. Including those that show the effectiveness of increasing ventilation and air filtration, vaccines against severe disease, good quality masks such as KN95, N95, and KF94, and testing.

  14. I wouldn’t trust these ‘studies’ for a second.
    The lockdowns may have worked and they may not have worked. We will never know because we had so many ideologues who were willing to risk other people’s lives because of their AZ belief in ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ (a long-winded way of writing ‘Republicans’ or morons for short).
    Lockdowns were not adhered to, of course they didn’t work.

    • Did you ever say the Pledge of Allegiance? Do you know the Bill of Rights? Did you ever read the Constitution? If you’re make this political…. I’m a Jew and Caucasian…. so by you I’m a white supremacist. Get off the politic shtick cult or you will never become a Torah Jew in America.

  15. Actual text today from Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko:

    According to Israeli funeral directors
    the number of dead, especially
    younger people, has overwhelmed
    their capacity to give everyone a
    proper burial.

    Israel has the most 4 booster
    vaccinated people.

    Israeli people are not dying from
    omicron. They are dying from vaccine
    induced AIDS.

    The vaccine destroyed the immune
    systems of the Israeli people.

    What the Nazi’s started, the Israeli
    government is finishing.

    Death bv vaccine.

    Get this:

    Israeli just awarded its highest prize,
    the Genesis Award, to Pfizer CEO
    Albert Bourla.

    • Latest study from Israel: Almost all COVID patients on ECMOs are unvaccinated.

      Stop killing people by telling them not to vaccinate. Don’t hold on to the beliefs of the fools.

  16. I just exited a 2-year lockdown. I exited a few days ago, not realizing the lockdown had ended some time ago. The batteries in my computer went dead, and I did not want to hike up my electricity bill, so I never found out via my computer that the lockdown was over. I came out of isolation a few days ago, and found the world to be much the same as when I went into lockdown. The virus numbers are still high etc. However, there IS a new president, inflation is high, professional sports has once again resumed and Global Warming still hasn’t completely destroyed the world. I feel like the Japanese officer who came out of hiding 29 years after World War 2 had ended. I will venture outdoors into the snow today and see whether everything looks the same or not, and to find out if they fixed the pothole near my favorite pizza joint. Will keep everyone updated on my daily findings via social media. Thanx.

  17. What happened to the first one I made? Not relevant? Give me a break Mr. Moderator.

    Text today from Dr Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko

    According to Israeli funeral directors
    the number of dead, especially
    younger people, has overwhelmed
    their capacity to give everyone a
    proper burial.

    Israel has the most 4 booster
    vaccinated people.

    Israeli people are not dying from
    omicron. They are dying from vaccine
    induced AIDS.

    The vaccine destroyed the immune
    systems of the Israeli people.

    What the Nazi’s started, the Israeli
    government is finishing.

    Death bv vaccine.

    Get this:

    Israeli just awarded its highest prize,
    the Genesis Award, to Pfizer CEO
    Albert Bourla.

  18. Lockdowns were done to buy time for hospitals and services. Absence of the lockdown there would have been no ppp loans. Unfortunately many of the loans went to the wrong people who suffered no loss. The small businesses did not get it. You would be shocked to see who and how much money they received. A pandemic like covid comes rarely and sorry to say the federal govt. was extremely unprepared leaving states on their own. While I know there are some of you that will say death are higher now, the deaths come from red states amongst the unvaccinated. Hindsight is 20/20. The fact that they did a study is demonstrative this has not happened before, people say masks don’t work, n95 masks largely do, especially before the virus mutated into smaller particles. You all are going to believe what you wanted to, covid demonstrated to me how we have become a society where it is all about me, my opinion, when i am right where is my apology… give my my apology….

  19. While i didn’t enjoy the lockdown,to say the least, (having a seder by myself is not my idea of Cheirus) i don’t understand how a study can prove its ineffectiveness. There are many people that still haven’t been infected and from the many more people that were infected much later and came out ok, had they been infected earlier, the outcome could have been very different. With the chaos in the hospitals and the medical field being relatively new to this virus.

  20. For y’all disputing the paper… that’s fair… there are lies, damned lies and meta studies 🙂
    But you cant dispute the fact that Sweden, who didn’t lock down and kept schools and businesses open throughout the entire pandemic, has the same death rates as other European countries that did lock down. So peer reviewed, shmeer reviewed… the proof is in the pudding… lockdowns did nothing on the covid front while killing the economy and mental health of citizens, especially children.

  21. This study has been contradicted by numerous other studies. Ity makes for great headlines by those sites that want to attract readers, but is a lot of baloney.
    Let me refer you to Comment #12 by “Zman”.

  22. That’s quite a story but I think you must have forgot about FB or Twaddler. Kindly post your updates there. Thank you. BTW, your computer battery hock blew your credibility completely. Really go back to FakeBook.

  23. Don’t worry, he’ll get laughed off any serious science forum. Maks with 85 micron holes will stop a 1 micron virus. Air is good, I’ll give him that but you don’t much of it except your own exhaled halitosis in your mask.

  24. Apology?!? That would mean they would have to admit that they were wrong. They will never admit that they were wrong. They’ll never admit it as long as they have that mamzer ben kelev Fauchi as the face of this disease.

    First, it needs to be proven, for everyone else to see because many of us already know it, that Fauchi is as guilty as sin. Next, it needs to be proven and shown to everyone, again we know this already, that the leftists grabbed this problem and made it infinitely worse and that they also stole an election because of it.

    Once honesty is returned, then we can get out of this.

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