The medical journal The Lancet published a study on Tuesday, July 21,  in which measures such as total closures to prevent the spread of the CCP Virus (new coronavirus), were evaluated and found to be unrelated to a reduction in the rate of recorded deaths.

The study determines that other measures taken by governments such as rapid border closures and widespread testing for CCP Virus also do not have a significant impact on controlling the spread of the outbreak.

According to the document, measures taken around the world have “varied considerably with respect to the restrictiveness of interventions, the acceptance of widespread implementation, and presumed effectiveness in reducing disease transmission.”

The research recognizes the effectiveness of measures implemented by countries such as Taiwan, whose success in dealing with the CCP Virus outbreak was largely due to the rapid, effective, and coordinated response between institutions and the government, helping to reduce cases by more than 90%, unlike the response of other countries such as Italy or Spain. 

The report further concluded that a potential cause of this discrepancy is that “sub-optimal population compliance in Western democracies can be a major factor contributing to variation in outcomes between countries,” as reported by The Blaze.

It was also associated with a higher CCP Virus mortality rate in the countries mainly due to obesity-related factors as well as a high increase in the gross domestic product per capita.

“Countries with a higher per capita GDP had an increased number of reported critical cases and deaths per million population. This may reflect more widespread testing in those countries, greater transparency with reporting, and better national surveillance systems,” as reported by Daily Caller.

Compared to health indices and recovery rates, security closures and border closures showed good results. This is because such measures contributed to reduced burden on hospital systems as well as faster patient recovery.

The research did not take into consideration the determinations made against mask use, whether such a measure had an impact in slowing down the spread or reducing the death rate.