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More herd immunity, less herd mentality Print E-mail
Written by Ariel Pablos Mendez, MD, MPH | The Hill   
Friday, 10 April 2020 17:34

Our delayed response to COVID-19 has been rash and driven by fear, not data. This may end up costing us double because health depends on many factors. As we learned in the aftermath of the 2008 market crash, economic shocks have a direct impact on public health. The United States experienced a historical decline in life expectancy due to an epidemic of deaths of despair. In a matter of months, people lost their jobs, lifetime savings, and their homes. A strikingly similar situation is happening now. Fact is a public health and stable economies go hand in hand. But in the current COVID-19 response, we have pitted these against each other.

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