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Washington Post urges Govt. to understand ‘what society stands to lose from lockdowns’

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The Washington Post acknowledged the damage caused by coronavirus lockdowns and called on governments to consider the risks before taking such extreme measures during the next pandemic.

“School closures and business lockdowns still impose huge costs on the country, and we are still counting those costs.Next time, society will be better prepared to make tough public health decisions that realistically take these costs into account. We need to be prepared.” the board wrote In an editorial published online Monday.

A prominent government official who led the lockdown has recently come under the spotlight after admitting that he ignored the negative impact on schools and businesses.

The Post said that while criticism of these officials is warranted, it is also an opportunity for the country's leaders to learn from these mistakes and approach the next health crisis more carefully.

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Lockdowns of businesses and schools “imposed enormous costs that the nation is still calculating,” the Washington Post wrote. (St. Petersburg)

Governments should consider conducting cost-benefit analyzes in the face of the next health crisis to provide transparency to the public and clarify 'what is at stake'.

One example of this comes from economist Eric Hanushek. recent analysis The Post said it estimates the long-term effects of school closures. His research shows that learning loss will reduce each state's gross domestic product by 0.6 to 2.9 percent “every year for the remainder of the 21st century.”

“When the next pandemic hits, it’s unlikely that those running teachers’ unions will accept that teachers return to class because the risk of death for teachers is low and the cost to children is high. Despite the political complexities, this would be difficult to refuse.''It is acceptable to compensate for the damage to children's futures, especially now that society has a better understanding of the costs. It shouldn’t be possible,” the Post wrote.

While “some restrictive public health measures” may be “necessary” in the future, policymakers must “account for the full range of social harm in a transparent conversation about any trade-offs.” “should,” the paper concludes.

The New York Times recently came to a similar conclusion about school closures, warning that they “could be the most pernicious disruption in American educational history.”

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The Post's position is a departure from previous views on lockdowns.

in July 27, 2020 The paper said in an editorial that a combination of strict lockdowns, universal mask-wearing, transportation closures and hotels set up to house people with symptoms would be used to combat the coronavirus by “turning the kitchen sink on.” He recommended “throwing.”

“If we look at other countries' experience in fighting outbreaks, and even fighting raging outbreaks, we should realize that this doesn't have to be the case for Americans. Within two months, the U.S. will be at the peak of the virus.” We will put out the fires. The methods are not secret. And they are not rocket science,” the paper said in an editorial criticizing the Trump administration's response to the pandemic.

Five months later, the Post defended targeted lockdowns as one solution to stopping the spread of the virus.

“While it may be difficult, closing bars and restaurants for two weeks or a month seems like a small sacrifice to save lives,” the board wrote, adding that these businesses will be compensated by the government. He said it was possible. The newspaper also acknowledged that K-12 schools should remain open because they are not a major source of virus transmission.

“Lockdowns sound draconian to some,” the paper said in a December 2020 editorial. “But we've learned how to do them better, so we can save lives, protect health systems, and… We must continue to try to save ourselves.”

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