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When is Lockdown Justified?

White, Lucie and van Basshuysen, Philippe and Frisch, Mathias (2021) When is Lockdown Justified? [Preprint]

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How could the initial, drastic decisions to implement “lockdowns” to control the spread of COVID-19 infections be justifiable, when they were made on the basis of such uncertain evidence? We defend the imposition of lockdowns in some countries by first, and focusing on the UK, looking at the evidence that undergirded the decision, second, arguing that this provided us with sufficient grounds to restrict liberty given the circumstances, and third, defending the use of poorly-empirically-constrained epidemiological models as tools that can legitimately guide public policy.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
White, Lucielucie.white@philos.uni-hannover.de0000-0001-8292-3789
van Basshuysen, Philippep.c.van-basshuysen@lse.ac.uk0000-0003-1947-9309
Frisch, Mathias
Keywords: COVID-19 Lockdown Ethics Public Policy Models
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Mr. Philippe van Basshuysen
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 05:52
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 05:52
Item ID: 19901
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19901

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