Something that economists have been shouting about – there are costs as well as benefits to the coronavirus lockdown. Of course, whenever they do so they’re shouted down by the idiots. How can you care about mere GDP, simple money, when peoples’ lives are at stake?
This not being what economists are saying of course. Merely the truth that there are costs to everything as well as benefits to everything. Meaning that at some point, with anything, the costs outweigh the benefits and therefore we should stop doing whatever it is.
To give an entirely stupid example, say that we locked down farmers. All of them. We’d be fine until about October, then we’d all starve. That’s a cost, one that outweighs whatever benefit in lower infections from not having farmers in fields.
Around the world, as cities have gone into lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, the mass efforts to save lives have put one vulnerable group more at risk.
Women and children who live with domestic violence have no escape from their abusers during quarantine, and from Brazil to Germany, Italy to China, activists and survivors say they are already seeing an alarming rise in abuse.
In Hubei province, the heart of the initial coronavirus outbreak, domestic violence reports to police more than tripled in one county alone during the lockdown in February, from 47 last year to 162 this year, activists told local media.
“The epidemic has had a huge impact on domestic violence,” Wan Fei, a retired police officer who founded a charity campaigning against abuse, told Sixth Tone website. “According to our statistics, 90% of the causes of violence [in this period] are related to the Covid-19 epidemic.”
Undoubtedly true. We can even predict – insist perhaps – that some people will be murdered as a result of spending actual time with the people they nominally live with. That’s a cost.
Everything has a cost, everything has a benefit, even a coronavirus lockdown. Which is why there’s an optimal amount of it of course.