Is the COVID cure worse than the disease? | The Hill | 02/06/21

By Casey B. Mulligan

The spread of COVID-19 in the United States has prompted extraordinary, although often untested, steps by individuals and institutions to limit infections. Some have worried that “the cure is worse than the disease.”

Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton mocked this as a “pet theory about the fatal dangers of quarantine.” They concluded in the summer of 2020 that “a wave of deaths of despair is highly unlikely” because, they said, the duration of a pandemic is measured in months, whereas the underlying causes of drug abuse and suicide take many years to accumulate.

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February 6, 2021

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