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Even temporary economic return better than nothing

Dan O'Brien


Advocates of crushing the coronavirus curve are too certain in their assertions. Their understanding of economics is also questionable, writes Dan O'Brien

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UPBEAT: Chief medical officer Tony Holohan was positive on the prospects of avoiding a second wave

UPBEAT: Chief medical officer Tony Holohan was positive on the prospects of avoiding a second wave

UPBEAT: Chief medical officer Tony Holohan was positive on the prospects of avoiding a second wave

Last week, more than 1,000 people signed a letter advocating continued shutdown. The group, led by medical professionals, believes elimination of the coronavirus is a better strategy than trying to contain it as the country carefully and gradually opens up.

They may end up being correct. But that is unlikely.

Hermetically sealing the island of Ireland indefinitely would be a very tall order, even if both jurisdictions agreed to cutting all travel with the rest of the world, including from Britain. There is always the chance the virus would get through anyway, causing another spike in infection. That would render the whole effort fruitless.