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A healthcare worker outside of Maimonides Medical Center during the coronavirus outbreak, Brooklyn, N.Y., April 13, 2020 (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Lockdown Logic

Messrs. Kupfer and Ponnuru’s “Going the Distance” (May 4) fails to convince. Very few of those epidemiologists, politicians, and pundits who support lockdowns will suffer any serious financial harm as a result of those policies. Meanwhile it is quite otherwise for tens of millions of Americans.

The original justification for the shutdowns was to “flatten the curve” to avoid overwhelming health-care facilities. That goal was achieved weeks ago. The justification for continuing them seems to be the need for testing and so-called contact-tracing. But contact-tracing, even if theoretically possible in a population as large as ours, would be an egregious

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