"Otherwise, we risk destroying more livelihoods and more lives simply because we don’t like to admit that we were wrong."
How did a policy of general house arrest - a policy not previously considered in the contingency plans of any Western state - suddenly go global? For the same reason that the people of Columbus Ohio simultaneously started running in 1913.
Suppose the pandemic had started not in China but in a country where locking up the entire population had previously been unthinkable. asks: Would the global response have followed the same trajectory?
Suppose the pandemic had started not in China but in a country where locking up the entire population had previously been unthinkable. asks: Would the global response have followed the same trajectory?
"The world panicked with ineffective lockdowns": "As Camilla Stoltenberg, the head of Norway’s Public Health Institute, put it: “We could have achieved the same effects and avoided some of the unfortunate impacts by not locking down.” -
"Suppose the pandemic had started not in China but in Canada or the Netherlands, a country, in other words, where locking up the entire population had previously been unthinkable. Would the global response have been the same?"