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March 26, 2020

How deadly is the coronavirus?

Filed under: Coronavirus, History in the making, Nurses, Spectator — derryvickers @ 12:23 pm

How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear

Dr John Lee: 26 March 2020 Spectator

‘Clearly, the various lockdowns will slow the spread of Covid-19 so there will be fewer cases. When we relax the measures, there will be more cases again. But this need not be a reason to keep the lockdown: the spread of cases is only something to fear if we are dealing with an unusually lethal virus. That’s why the way we record data will be hugely important. Unless we tighten criteria for recording death due only to the virus (as opposed to it being present in those who died from other conditions), the official figures may show a lot more deaths apparently caused by the virus than is actually the case. What then? How do we measure the health consequences of taking people’s lives, jobs, leisure and purpose away from them to protect them from an anticipated threat? Which causes least harm?

The moral debate is not lives vs money. It is lives vs lives. It will take months, perhaps years, if ever, before we can assess the wider implications of what we are doing. The damage to children’s education, the excess suicides, the increase in mental health problems, the taking away of resources from other health problems that we were dealing with effectively. Those who need medical help now but won’t seek it, or might not be offered it. And what about the effects on food production and global commerce, that will have unquantifiable consequences for people of all ages, perhaps especially in developing economies?’

Full Article at:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/The-evidence-on-Covid-19-is-not-as-clear-as-we-think?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEEK%20%2020200328%20%20AL&utm_content=WEEK%20%2020200328%20%20AL+CID_9f621811e7d32eb803ac263a2c72d730&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Editorial&utm_term=Dr%20John%20Lee

 

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