I've been saying this for quite some time, but in generalities. Now comes a study which quantifies things:
Bold in original. That's some medical response, right there.
In all honesty, this really isn't controversial at all. We've studied the health effects of unemployment for decades and decades. We know what happened to employment, and how many people lost their jobs. Applying known health impacts to those people allows us to quantify mortality due to the lockdown. It's just math.
What is interesting here is the analysis of age at death. For virtually all (90%) of Covid deaths, the patient was very old. This means that there were few "life years" left for that patient. However, for unemployment caused mortality the age at death was much younger, and so there were many more years for each of these people.
The process of higher mathematics gives the result that is in boldface in the quote.
It's hard to see a more counter productive government response. You might not be able to think up a more damaging response, in fact, even if you thought pretty hard. But the lockdown sure did give a lot of power to a bunch of petty Napoleons so it's all good, amirite?
It was worse than a crime. It was a blunder.
- Tallyrand, commenting on one of Napoleon's more blood soaked adventures.