Devi Sridhar+ Your Authors @devisridhar Professor & Chair of Global Public Health, @EdinburghUni Medical School. Director of @GlobalHealthGP. Health governance, financing, policy, systems & security. Apr. 21, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

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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