New study uses government response tracker data to show links between lockdowns and spread of bacterial diseases

A new study involving Nuffield Department of Population Health researchers found that COVID-19 lockdowns reduced the spread of deadly invasive bacterial diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis – potentially saving thousands of lives.

The study – published in The Lancet Digital Health – used data from the Blavatnik School's Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker on national COVID-19 policies and containment measures.