Statistics is the science of crunching numbers. It lets us tell the tale of populations, whether those populations are people, or the efficiency of a production line.
In this particular case, we're talking abut populations of humans, and historical data is the only data we have. John Tierney writes at City Journal.
Now that the 2020 figures have been properly tallied, there’s still no convincing evidence that strict lockdowns reduced the death toll from Covid-19. But one effect is clear: more deaths from other causes, especially among the young and middle-aged, minorities, and the less affluent.
The best gauge of the pandemic’s impact is what statisticians call “excess mortality,” which compares the overall number of deaths with the total in previous years. That measure rose among older Americans because of Covid-19, but it rose at an even sharper rate among people aged 15 to 54, and most of those excess deaths were not attributed to the virus.
We're just now able to gauge the true effects of the lockdowns on society While the public health experts were myopically focused on the virus, they tended to overlook the other myriad issues that affect public health, to the detriment of the population at large, As the statisticians continue to crunch the numbers from 2020, we may learn that the lockdowns caused more human suffering than the virus did.