Why There Are No Easy Answers for Ending COVID-19 Shutdowns

Passengers wearing face masks in a metro station tunnel in Barcelona, Spain, April 15, 2020 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).
Passengers wearing face masks in a metro station tunnel in Barcelona, Spain, April 15, 2020 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).
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With China having lifted the lockdown in place in Wuhan since the end of January, and many European countries and parts of the United States beginning to envisage how they, too, will gradually ease social distancing measures, the second phase of the response to the coronavirus pandemic is coming into focus. Central to already active debates in Western democracies, at least, is the balance to be struck between addressing the urgency of the public health crisis and managing the growing impact of social distancing on national economies and individual livelihoods. At first glance, the choice seems to be an obvious […]

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