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Unintended Health Consequences of Lockdown   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The current COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has caused a flurry of new guidelines and mandates in order to minimize cases and deaths from the disease. These policies have been in place for up to nine months so far in many areas, causing economic, social, and psychological distress of a type most living people haven't before experienced. This raises the question, at what point do policies designed to prevent death from disease become deadly themselves? In other words, how do we respond to a deadly disease without causing even more harm? The World Health Organization and United Nations agree that this will not be our last global pandemic, and we need to be prepared for the next one. The successful- and unsuccessful-aspects of our response to COVID-19 should inform how policymakers address future pandemics. The most visible and intrusive policy responses to COVID-19 have been mandatory stay-at-home orders and orders limiting gatherings in businesses, homes, places of worship, and outdoor settings. These policies have colloquially been referred to as lockdowns. Unless we are able to get more and better data on the consequences of mandatory lockdowns, we will be no further in the next pandemic toward optimal policies. In this paper, we review the impacts of the COVID-19 lockdowns in the US, and we find that a'health localism' approach is a best practice to guide lockdown policies in the event of future pandemics."

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CSAS Working Paper 21-12; Center for the Study of the Administrative State Working Paper 21-12
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2021-02-01
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George Mason University
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Center for the Study of the Administrative State: https://administrativestate.gmu.edu/
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