The coronavirus lockdowns have become a highly polarizing issue. Some believe that there is a clear trade-off between the health benefits of lockdowns (lives) and the well-being of the economy (livelihoods), and that we should be highly reluctant to use lockdowns. Others think that the only way for the economy to operate is for people to feel safe, meaning that there is no tradeoff at all, and that lockdowns should be embraced due to their effectiveness. Where does the truth lie?
People sit at a cafe terrasse in central Stockholm, Sweden, on April 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders seen elsewhere in Europe to stem the spread of the virus, instead calling for citizens to take responsibility to follow social distancing guidelines.