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Thursday, October 21, 2021

The government should consult outside medical experts for advice before imposing a lockdown

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Whenever there is an increase in Covid-1 infections, the call for lockdown begins. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. In fact, physicians, nurses and virologists will generally support lockdown as a way to reduce the spread of infection.

Governments often forget to analyze the cost benefits of their initiatives to lock things up and this involves listening to experts outside the medical field.

Medical experts are obliged to promote what can be done to protect public health. They don’t worry about the cost of the lockdown, only the potential benefits. Although their advice is critical and we should take it seriously, medical experts are only able to present part of the picture.

Economists are also experts in their field. Many economists have cited financial losses through nearly two years of epidemic restrictions. They are worried that public debt has become unstable and inflation has risen. Although we do not want to give medical advice to economists, we should seek their opinion when considering a lockdown. Rest assured, if the economy collapses, it will directly hurt people.

Logistics experts are concerned about the global supply chain challenge. We see a shortage of unusual products in everything from automated computer chips to Asian restaurant noodles. While the challenges posed by these shortcomings may seem trivial, they are a warning of much larger potential problems.

The world’s population is close to eight billion people. It is only through a large, complex and sensitive supply-chain system that we are able to stop widespread hunger and economic disruption. When countries issue lockdowns, the products they supply to the world are reduced or cut off. This leads to a whiplash effect that can lead to shortages of all kinds of products that can take months to resolve. Transport problems have caused an energy crisis in Great Britain. Although it is now manageable, what will happen to the northern countries if fuel supplies fail in January?

We should consult sociologists. What kind of impact are lockdowns on society? People are stressed and divided. We have certainly seen a lot of this in the recent federal election. How much damage is it doing to the unity of our society? How long will it take to recover?

Addiction experts have their hands full today because we have seen a moderate opioid addiction crisis explode on a massive scale. From April 2020, when the epidemic began, until March 2021, nearly 1,000,000 Canadians died from opioid overdoses. Which is a percentage increase over the same period a year ago. We cannot pretend that lockdown does not contribute to this. Let’s get input from addiction experts when we make a decision.

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Some children are entering Grade 2 this year without full school year experience in the classroom. What would childhood experts say about how it affects their development? We can’t turn the clock back on the kids. Their age is only once.

Post-secondary students are also suffering. Online courses are a sad option for many educators. Our graduates are not going to be good for lockdown.

In addition to physical health experts, we also have mental health experts. We should take their advice about the psychological effects of lockdown.

Medical experts follow the philosophy of “if it only saves a life, it is worth it”. That view is understandable from a medical point of view but in reality it is unreasonable.

How many fatal collisions can be avoided if we reduce all speed limits to 20 km / h?

How many lives would have been saved if we had ambulances at every street corner?

How much heart attack can be avoided if we consult a dietitian consultant in every grocery store?

Why don’t we do those things? Because they would come at a very high cost.

We have always implemented the Cost Benefit approach with government policy. Although in the case of the COVID-19 lockdown we seem to have forgotten that method.

It is not unreasonable or heartless to ask other experts to weigh in before considering strict legal measures such as public lockdowns. Experts need to hear a detailed description before the media and policymakers act. The perspective of a tired ICU nurse is important but so is the perspective of economists.

Policy needs to be balanced, and if we don’t listen to different opinions, we will see that lockdowns do more harm than good.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the author and The Epoch Times.

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Corey Morgan is a columnist and business owner based in Calgary, Alberta.

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