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COVID vs the Economy vs the 1970s

You can save more lives without any economic hit, just by changing the timing of restrictions and lockdowns.

The 1970s was a pretty dismal period, and not just because of polyester and disco.

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  • Lockdown weeks, where the economy suffers but the death rate halves.
  • Open weeks, where the economy does great but the death rate doubles.
  • Left Graph. The government starts a two-week lockdown when there are more than 100 deaths in a week.
  • Right Graph. The government starts a two-week lockdown when more than 10 deaths in a week, except right at the end when a vaccine is near; then they let the number of deaths go up to 100.

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