Despite popular belief, mrNPIs are associated with considerable harms. The study lists potential harmful health effects of mrNPIs such as: hunger, drug overdoses, increase in diseases from missed health services, domestic abuse, and mental health/suicidality.
The researchers say that “…it is increasingly recognized that [mrNPI’s] postulated benefits deserve careful study.” (5)
It is also stated that “the proportion of COVID-19 deaths that occurred in nursing homes was often higher under [more restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions] rather than under less-restrictive measures.” (6)
Since mrNPIs have potential harmful health effects and have no substantial influence in decreasing COVID-19 transmission rates, their imposition is rather counter-intuitive.
Although it is commonly believed that lockdowns would improve the nation’s health by limiting the transmission of COVID-19, researchers have only been able to conclude that they instead provoke other life-threatening health crises.