A new study comparing the results obtained from handling the pandemic in different states found that California, New York, and New Jersey, which implemented the longest closures, performed the worst, while states with the least restrictive measures, such as Florida, were the most successful. 

According to Fox News, the study released by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity ranked states by comparing metrics on the number of deaths, the economy, and the impact on education. 

The results show that policies in Democratic states caused high death rates, devastated children’s education, and destroyed businesses by implementing severe restrictions on freedom, which is why they received the lowest ratings.

Of the bottom 10 in the report card, nine are occupied by Democratic states, with Maryland being the only Republican state to score among the worst.

California, New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Illinois, and New Mexico joined the bottom ten in overall performance. All were graded F, followed by Maryland, Nevada, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. New Jersey was last in the grading.

“They had high age-adjusted death rates; they had high unemployment and significant GDP losses, and they kept their schools shut down much longer than almost all other states,” the study said of the bottom-ranked states.

“Shutting down their economies and schools was by far the biggest mistake governors and state officials made during COVID, particularly in blue states,” Steve Moore, co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, told Fox News Digital.

“We hope the results of this study will persuade governors not to close schools and businesses the next time we have a new virus variant.”

As a counterpart, states such as Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota, and Florida, all governed by Republicans, which implemented fewer restrictions, received top marks in the study.

Florida, whose Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis removed COVID restrictions early in the pandemic, ranked third for lowest impact on education, 13th in economic performance, and 28th in mortality.

In comparison, heavily blocked California ranked 50th for disruptions in education and 40th for the economy and 27th in deaths. 

This shows that strict blockades did virtually nothing to improve Covid-19 mortality rates.

The report concludes, “The one piece of good news in this study is that states which maximized the individual freedoms of business owners, consumers, workers, and parents—and allowed their citizens to make their own risk assessments without government mandates—had the best performance.”

The study comes amid fears that coronavirus restrictions could be gradually re-implemented in some states.

A case in point is Philadelphia, a city in Pennsylvania, which announced it would reinstate its indoor mask mandate just a month after lifting it as it recorded a spike in covid cases.

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