How to assess the costs and benefits of lockdowns | Curio

How to assess the costs and benefits of lockdowns

18 mins | Jul 7, 2021

The measure will stay in governments’ toolkits. “The reality lies between these two extremes. Lockdowns both damage the economy and save lives, and governments have had to strike a balance between the two. Were trillions of dollars of lost economic output an acceptable price to pay to have slowed transmission of the disease? Or, with around 10m people dead, should the authorities have clamped down even harder? Now that politicians are considering whether and when to lift existing restrictions, or whether to impose new ones, the answers to these questions are still crucial for policy today.”

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From The Economist

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