Judging by an open letter published on July 13, 2020 ahead of a G20 meeting, it would seem that even the very rich succumb to what French economist Frédéric Bastiat defined as the great fiction.
Sweden never locked down its economy, yet it succeeded in “flattening the curve,” whereas severe lockdowns in New York, as in Quebec, did not.
As the first wave of COVID-19 winds down in many countries, and we have a better understanding of the disease and how dangerous it really is, the recipe for success in facing the pandemic is emerging.
A few weeks ago, a group of over 600 doctors in the United States co-signed a letter sent to President Trump in order to get him to put an end to general lockdown measures.
It’s a fact of life that people die. Those who die are more likely to be old, and those who die young are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases. This was true before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will still be true after COVID-19.
Several days ago, The Wall Street Journal published a piece entitled “The Covid Age Penalty: New patient data offers a guide to opening while protecting seniors.”
The academic journal Nature recently published two papers on the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on COVID-19.
In a recent study, we mentioned that even the World Health Organization (WHO) had been strongly arguing against lockdowns for flu pandemics as recently as October 2019.
Tuesday, The Guardian profiled Hong Kong, which never locked down, yet only has four COVID-19 deaths out of a nearly Quebec-sized population.
Yesterday, Bloomberg reported new data from Oxford University researchers who analyzed the severity of lockdown measures in place in European countries.