Coronavirus Prevention Is Not Worse Than the Disease

A visitor passes a coronavirus warning during Memorial Day weekend in Bethany Beach, Del., May 24, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Medical experts explain why painful measures needed to contain the coronavirus are still less bad than the alternatives.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A   common refrain in some circles is that many of the preventive measures taken against the coronavirus are doing more damage than the disease itself.

I confess that I’ve wondered about this, too. A New York Times article said that hundreds of millions of people could die in developing countries as a result of “national lockdowns and social distancing measures [that] are drying up work and incomes, and are likely to disrupt agricultural production and supply routes.” Oxford University has warned of an increased number of suicides as a result of the economic fallout, a Reuters article alerted readers to the toll lockdowns have taken on mental health, Time magazine cited a recent spike in domestic-abuse cases,

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