Covid-19 lockdown: It’s not the economy vs lives, it’s lives vs lives

By Professor Deepa Mani & Professor Shashwat Alok May 01, 2020

Allowing economic activity to acutely contract beyond a point will have an impact on lives along with livelihoods in the future.

The ensuing contraction of economic activity has led to intense discussions around the question of whether lockdowns are the appropriate policy response to the outbreak. How long of a lockdown can we afford? Is the stringency of the lockdown appropriate? Should the intensity of lockdown vary based on the exposure of regions to Covid-19 risk? These are all critical questions.