No scientific evidence shows that mass lockdowns work

Harold Pease Ph.D.
Harold Pease, Ph.D.

Two Bakersfield California physicians, Drs. Dan Erickson and Arten Massihi, recently said, “We’ve seen 1,227 deaths in the state of California. That means you have a 0.03 chance of dying from COVID-19 in the state of California,” and for the state of New York, the highest in the land, “19,410 out of 19 million people, which is a 0.1% chance of dying from COVID-19…” It is, of course, of those infected. But it remains less than the seasonal flu of 2017-2018 when there was “about 62,000 deaths, or 0.13 chance of death from flu in the United States. So the lethality of COVID-19 is much less” – even in New York City. The seasonal flu even had a vaccine to limit contagion, COVID-19 did not.

The doctors explained how the immune system works and how it naturally adapts to the environment.

“When you’re a little child crawling on the ground, putting stuff in your mouth, viruses and bacteria come in, you form an antigen antibody complex, you form IgG, IgM, this is how your immune system is built,” Erickson said. “When you take human beings and you say go into your house, clean all your counters, wipe all of them down, you’re going to kill 99% of viruses and bacteria. Wear a mask, don’t go outside. What does that do to our immune system? Our immune system is used to touching. We share bacteria, staphylococcus, streptococcal bacteria, viruses. We develop an immune response, dealing to this stuff.”

So why is sheltering in place not always good?

“When you take that away from me,” Erickson said. “My immune system drops as I shelter in place… You keep me there for months, it drops more. Sheltering in place decreases your immune system and then as we all come out of shelter in place with a lower immune system, and start trading viruses, bacteria, what do you think’s going to happen. Disease is going to spike. And then you’ve got disease spike amongst the hospital system.”

His answer, we “should lift this ban because the data is showing us it’s time to lift,” according to the physicians video at

YouTube just removed the physician’s video with the message “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.” It is not the view that the Democratic news outlets are likely to allow their people to see. YouTube only censors political content they consider to be on the right side of the political spectrum; however, a five-minute portion of the physician’s video can be found at under the title “We Are Being Set Up For The Biggest October Surprise In American History” but it too may vanish soon by YouTube censors.

Nor will we know from the doctors that the epidemic is descending at a very rapid pace. The doctors said, “The hospitals, their ICU’s are empty essentially, and they’re shutting down floors. They’re furloughing patients. They’re furloughing doctors because we just don’t have the volume. We are busy with paperwork for COVID-19.” They spoke of the pressure upon them to list COVID-19 as the cause of death when other factors could have been the cause. None of it fits the panic narrative the censors wish us to continue.

Recent studies on both coasts confirm that even under the most restrictive measures possible in New York and California, the virus slipped through. In Los Angeles, where Mayor Eric Garcetti bragged about controlling 99.9% of the population through drones, licenses plate readings and cellphones and that he would “hunt down that last 1 %,” presumably for punishment, it got through.

“A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California, tested large groups of people in Los Angeles County for coronavirus antibodies. They found that as of early April, up to 5.6 % of the entire county had contracted the illness. That means up to 320,000 adults in Los Angeles apparently had already had it. At the time the official number of infected people was about 8,000… The virus had spread throughout a huge population right in the middle of the most restricted quarantine in American History,” according to a “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show airing April 23, 2020.

The lockdown did not and could not stop it.

Nor had Herculean closedown measures slowed the virus in hardest hit New York. It came right through. Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited a study showing antibodies to cover 13.9 % of New Yorkers.

He said, “That means 2.7 million people (were) infected statewide. That means with approximately 15,500 total fatalities, the death is approximately 0.5% of people infected.”

Again, it came right through. The immune systems of most everyone handled it fine, pretty much as it does the common flu – only 81 out of a 100,000 died. By comparison Florida’s death per 100,000 was four. And South Dakota’s death per 100,000 was only one person, according to a “The Ingraham Angle” show airing April 23, 2020.

Coronavirus deaths are serious, of course, even more so if you or someone you love, was one of the fatalities. But science has not shown that shutdowns, or stay in place measures, worked and no area forced lockdown measures more than New York City and Los Angeles. It may be the worst thing we did. We should lift the ban immediately lest we spike other worse diseases as the doctors warned.

Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and to applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, visit