'Every country successfully dealing with Covid-19 have extended their lockdowns'
The lockdown is scheduled to end on Friday, 17 April.
But, will it?
It’s unlikely that schools and universities will reopen, says Ronelle Burger, a professor of economics at the Stellenbosch University.
An extended lockdown could harm the economy more than Covid-19 itself, warns economist Mike Schussler.
Why is underwear not an essential service for example or masks at a hardware store? Why kill the economy as much as possible and then blame as a virus when clearly the Bazooka method is very much at fault too? We should rather find ways to keep the economy going or we will starve— mike schussler (@mikeschussler) April 5, 2020
Schussler says that extending the lockdown by 10 days will cause the destruction of an additional 1.6 million formal jobs.
Despite the economic cost, a full-scale lifting of the lockdown is looking highly unlikely.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Graeme Codrington (Futurist at TomorrowToday) and Professor Susan Goldstein (Public Health Specialist at Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science)
With the end of lockdown looming, Whitfield asked them what should go into considering an extension.
How many sick people can our healthcare system manage? That’s what lockdown is for… to not overwhelm hospitals… Right now, we’re doing a reasonable job… Have we flattened the curve enough?Graeme Codrington, Futurist - TomorrowToday
We have other countries to look at… a look into the future… Every single one [successful curve flatteners] has extended their lockdowns…Graeme Codrington, Futurist - TomorrowToday
We don’t know what the interaction of this virus is going to be with people with HIV and tuberculosis…Susan Goldstein, Public Health Specialist - Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science
There’s a lot of places where it [lockdown] is impossible…Susan Goldstein, Public Health Specialist - Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science
Poverty itself causes severe illness… I’m glad I’m not the President. Weighing up the pros and cons is very difficult.Susan Goldstein, Public Health Specialist - Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science
We purportedly have 2 million HIV positive people who aren’t on medication…Susan Goldstein, Public Health Specialist - Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science
Suddenly, the Government is activating things like water in places that never had it…Susan Goldstein, Public Health Specialist - Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science
For more detail, listen to the interviews in the audio below.
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Every country successfully dealing with Covid-19 have extended their lockdowns'
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