When Will The Pandemic Cure Be Worse Than The Disease?

policy and interventions

6 April 2020

Project Syndicate

COVID-19 will be with us for some time. Are months of government-enforced lockdowns the right policy? We don’t know, and as moral philosophers, we can’t answer this question on our own. Empirical researchers need to take on the challenge of calculating the effects, not in terms of wealth or health, but in the ultimate currency, wellbeing.

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