Let’s talk about acceptable Covid death rates before restrictions kick in

Debate about economic restrictions versus Covid suffering has been shirked in Ireland

‘There is a clear economic cost to fighting Covid-19 with restrictions on the economy and society, and heavy borrowings to fund medical care.’ Photograph: iStock

‘There is a clear economic cost to fighting Covid-19 with restrictions on the economy and society, and heavy borrowings to fund medical care.’ Photograph: iStock

Anybody who has lost a person close to them to an illness such as Covid-19 will know the impulsive feeling that, given the chance to turn the clock back, you would do anything to be able save them. It is human nature. The impulse is to swear that you would endure any weight or bear any cost, because how you can you put a price on the life of a loved one?

What parent among us would not gladly hand over the keys of their house, burn all their possessions, empty their bank accounts and rack up an Everest of debt to save the life of their child? You would do it in an instant. Thankfully, few children die from Covid-19, although some do.

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