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When Is Lockdown Justified?

White, Lucie and van Basshuysen, Philippe and Frisch, Mathias (2022) When Is Lockdown Justified? Philosophy of Medicine, 3 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 2692-3963

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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, looking at the evidence that undergirded the decision (focusing particularly on the decision-making process in the United Kingdom); second, arguing that this provided 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: Published Article or Volume
White, Lucielucie.white@philos.uni-hannover.de0000-0001-8292-3789
van Basshuysen,
Frisch, Mathiasmathias.frisch@philos.uni-hannover.de0000-0002-1027-3796
Keywords: COVID-19 Lockdown Liberty Models Evidence Uncertainty Epidemiology Public policy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 19:12
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2022 19:12
Item ID: 21209
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2022.85
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
Date: 29 April 2022
Page Range: pp. 1-22
Volume: 3
Number: 1
ISSN: 2692-3963

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