Has the goal been to bring down number of infections & hold it down? Or to let these increase/decrease in line with healthcare capacity & have the virus go through population slowly? If the first, then not locking down early & letting big sports events go ahead were big mistakes.
If the latter, then this was a huge gamble with people's lives as we are seeing with rising deaths. Plus we don't yet know about how long immunity lasts, long-term health problems, who exactly is vulnerable & have no antiviral treatment.
Then, govt had to lockdown (quite late) & take drastic measure to reverse, and so have ended up hitting lives, economy & society. Lose-lose. Countries that reacted early & so have less cases can open up earlier. NZ, Australia and Austria are as close to a win-win as there is.
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