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Economic fear should not determine when we end lockdown - but it must be a factor

Dan O'Brien


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Uncertainty: Much is istill unknown. A major breakthrough in treatment is possible. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Uncertainty: Much is istill unknown. A major breakthrough in treatment is possible. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Uncertainty: Much is istill unknown. A major breakthrough in treatment is possible. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

It's not a choice between health and wealth. That is what some claim when it comes to suppressing the coronavirus. There is truth to this depiction. If the virus were to run rampant, not only would many more lives be lost, but fear would probably keep most people away from work.

Alas, though, is it not as simple as that. We now face difficult choices.

First things first. It needs to be repeated again and again: those with expertise in viruses and public health have only a partial understanding of Covid-19 and how it affects human health.