What We Knew In the Early Days

What We Knew In the Early Days

By: Brownstone Institute

The claim is now everywhere: we had to lock down because we just didn’t know about this virus. It was all very confusing and we had to play it safe. We had no other option because we just had no clarity about what we were dealing with. The precautionary principle dictated the unprecedented actions.

Actually, the precautionary principle goes both directions. It also dictates that we not enact policies that we know for sure would wreck lives and liberties. They did it anyway, without sufficient knowledge that the measures would achieve any positive good.

We approach the third year and people have forgotten that all the harms of lockdowns were strongly warned about by many voices in many venues. In addition, the virus was much better understood back then and openly discussed. We knew for certain that the panic and fear were being wildly overblown.

Below follows resources assembled by The Robber Baron and many others who write for this site. These citations to newspapers, magazines, academic journals, interviews, with many respected voices, show that we certainly knew tremendous amounts in the early days. All the warnings and information were readily available to anyone paying attention.

We certainly live in an age of short attention but all these signs and warnings came months before the world locked down and they chronicled the damage as it was happening. Why all this came to be completely ignored remains the burning question.


2019: WHO Global Influenza Programme recommends against lockdowns and masks

Sept 2019: Johns Hopkins pandemic preparedness study recommends against lockdowns

Jan 24: Doctor warns that mass quarantine won’t work and will devastate society

Jan 30, 2020: Obama health adviser says stop panicking

Feb 5: Fauci says there’s no asymptomatic spread

Feb 28: Fauci says this is more akin to flu than something more deadly

Mar: 81% of Chinese Covid cases are mild

Mar 1: Sweden: No effective measure to let healthy school children stay at home 

Mar 2: Discussion on how Covid IFR was likely much lower than predicted

Mar 2: 800 public health scientists warn against lockdowns, quartantines, restrictions

Mar 3: Article on why masks are impractical

Mar 3: Berkeley doctor indicates masks are not helpful in preventing Covid

Mar 4: Doctor says Covid not nearly as deadly as feared

Mar 4: Your doctor is not panicking and neither should you

Mar 9: Article on how Covid is only really dangerous to the elderly 

Mar 9: Doctor talking about unnecessary panic over Covid 

Mar 12: Review found severe mental health problems from prolonged quarantine

Mar 12: Chief medical officer saying people shouldn’t wear masks

Mar 15: Medical org. says stopping elective surgeries is unnecessary and dangerous

Mar 17: Covid response is focused on the wrong things

Mar 17: Warning of financial crisis, unrest, civil strife, war, and a meltdown of the social fabric

Mar 19: Article about Covid overaction and its issues

Mar 25: Data about the health impacts of crushing the economy

Mar 26: Early evidence of hospitals inaccurately listing Covid as cause of death

Mar 26: Early data shows we’re overreacting to Covid

Mar 28: Predictions about the harms of lockdowns: Drugs, Suicide, and Crime

Mar 28: Guardian outlines rise in domestic abuse throughout the world

Mar 30: Study showing children are not the primary spreader of Covid 

Apr 1: Article saying masks offer little to no advantage outside of hospital settings

Apr 3: An overview on the dangers of Lockdowns 

Apr 4: Warning of the harm in delaying non-Covid medical procedures

Apr 4: Study from China finds of 7,324 COVID-19 cases only 2 transmissions occurred outdoors

Apr 6: U.N. warns about domestic violence surge

Apr 6: Piece on domestic abuse during lockdown

Apr 7: Piece on the mental health cost of the lockdown on kids

Apr 8: Research showing the seasonality of Coronaviruses

Apr 13: More confirmation about domestic abuse rising due to lockdowns

Apr 14: Children are very unlikely to contract Covid

Apr 15: Barely any transmission from outdoor activities

Apr 15: Different approaches by countries have little impact on Covid deaths

Apr 15: Molecular Biologist suggests the cure is worse than the disease

Apr 16: Research showing school lockdowns aren’t helpful and cause great harm

Apr 16: UN overview about the poverty/death that will come from lockdowns

Apr 16: CDC mask study concludes that masks don’t work

Apr 17: Info on how damaging canceled procedures are

Apr 20: Oxford professor says cases in UK peaked before lockdown

Apr 22: Potential for 60,000 cancer deaths due to lack of screening/treatment

Apr 23: The harm lockdowns are having on people with heart conditions

Apr 24: Data on the mental health toll of lockdowns

Apr 24: Indications from Europe that lockdowns are ineffective

Apr 24: Study showing school closings are the least cost-effective pandemic policy

Apr 26: The rise of domestic abuse during lockdowns

Apr 26: Data that the infection rate from kids is extremely low

Apr 28: Increasing child abuse is a side effect of Covid lockdowns

Apr 29: Cancer deaths could increase by 20% due to lockdown

Nov 20: No evidence of asymptomatic spread in study of 10M Wuhan residents


This article (What We Knew In the Early Days) was originally created and published by the BROWNSTONE INSTITUTE and is republished here with permission and attribution to author Brownstone Institute and brownstone.org.

About the Author: The Brownstone Institute for Social and Economic Research is a nonprofit organization conceived of in May 2021 in support of a society that minimizes the role of violence in public life.

Image Credit: Graphic (cropped) in Featured Image (top) – by Stefan Keller from Pixabay – In-article imaged added by TLB Staff.


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