A Simple Decision Analysis of a Mandatory Lockdown Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Abstract

On 29 March 2020, it was noted that globally, two camps are emerging in the policy debate around how governments should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic [1]. The ‘lockdowners’ argue for tighter restrictions, succinctly summarised by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s instructions to “act like you have COVID-19” [2] or more formally defined as mandatory mass quarantine. The lockdowners’ argument is that reducing the duration of the crisis period will reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and decrease the period of disruption to the economy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-331
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Health Economics and Health Policy
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Pandemics
  • pandemic lockdowns
  • decision analysis

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