Lockdowns weren’t an overreaction

From the beginning of the pandemic, many conservatives have argued that the lockdowns were an overreaction to the novel coronavirus and that they are causing unnecessary economic pain. Recent studies, however, show that this argument is wrong.

Lockdowns and other measures to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 likely saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States alone. We know this because of the way the virus spreads exponentially.

Without lockdowns and other measures, every infected person would come into contact with a large number of uninfected people every day. A certain percentage of those people would contract the disease and would then further spread the disease to other uninfected people.

Left unchecked, diseases such as COVID-19 become like a raging wildfire, burning everything in their path.

 

 

 

 

 

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