Post by Jeff Layman Post by email@example.com
This according the British epidemiologist and government scientific
adviser with a lifetime of experience studying deadly disease and
So what? Take a thousand patients with terminal cancer and less than 6
months to live. Stand them in the middle of the road and let 10 drunk
drivers run them down.
That might be kinder than using our advanced technology to keep them
alive just to suffer in a situation where recovery is impossible and
pain relief doesn't really work. We don't treat our pets so cruelly.
He is not alone in suggesting that the present strategy to save obvious
lives now may lead to an even greater loss of life later due to the
damage inflicted on the economy. A professor of risk management at
Bristol university has modelled this and he reckons that if UK GDP falls
by more than 6.5% it will kill more people than the virus. I'm not
entirely convinced by his argument but it is a distinct possibility.
Click on the picture to get the radio commentary. It was on BBC R4 about
1pm last Friday if you want to get the full interview. His paper isn't
published yet and I don't know where to find economics preprints.
Only the Depress (so named for its sky is falling apocalypse headlines)
has picked up on this particular story BBC online hasn't. MSN has:
I think he may well have a valid point. Another right wing commentator
in the UK who I seldom agree with and is in the very at risk population
put it slightly differently. His point was that keeping baby boomers
alive for a few more months or years by mortgaging the future of the
next generation is selfish and unfair. Politicians tend to be old.
(very few normal young people in the UK can buy a home today unless
their parents are seriously rich - house prices are beyond their reach)
The mess in India caused by the ill thought out implementation of a
national lock down will probably cause more mass casualties than the
virus. The mass migration of the poor will also spread the virus out of
the cities into remote rural areas ill prepared to deal with a pandemic.