Not all strategies to handle the coronavirus are equal. The Hammer and the Dance explains important stuff that everyone should be aware of. Plenty of the details in the article could be debated, but I think that the core message is correct. We need to act fast and hard, so that we can contain the spread and return to normal life as soon as possible, without needlessly killing off a lot of people.
Elliot Temple wrote a summary:
Absolutely don’t give up and intentionally let everyone get the disease. And we don’t need total lockdown for 18+ months to wait for a vaccine, either. Instead, we must immediately do roughly 4-6 weeks of lockdown to get the disease under control (every day counts against an exponential pandemic). Once it stops spreading exponentially, we can manage it using testing and contact tracing, and ongoing mild and cost-effective lockdown measures while awaiting a vaccine. Any time spent on half-measures right now is condemning people to die and hurting the economy without solving the main problem. If we don’t get this right, the hospital system will be overwhelmed and millions will die as hospitals turn them away. We’re already on course for disaster, in a matter of days, if we don’t make this policy change.
I agree with Elliot.