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Are lockdowns a good way to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic?


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In many countries in Europe and around the world a lockdown has been enforced in one way or another to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Some countries like Spain had a complete lockdown where you were not even allowed to leave your home to go for a walk, whereas the UK for example took a more relaxed approach where people were allowed to go out for walks and meet with close family but with restrictions in place.

One country, however, that did not enforce a lockdown was Sweden. You would expect that Sweden’s numbers for COVID-19 cases and deaths would therefore be much higher, but they were actually similar and in some cases better than other European countries. Given these statistics some are questioning the effectiveness of a lockdown and whether the negative effects of a lockdown outweigh the benefits or maybe there are other reasons why Sweden seem to be doing so well despite no lockdown.


  • Was there a lockdown in your country?
    • What could/couldn’t you do?
    • How long was the lockdown for?
  • Do you think lockdowns generally help reduce the spread of the virus?
  • What are the negative effects of a lockdown?
  • What alternative action do you think governments could have taken instead of a lockdown?
  • Why do you think Sweden’s numbers are so similar to other countries that enforce lockdown?

Key Vocabulary

  • Lockdown noun
  • Enforce verb
  • Outweigh verb
  • Government noun
  • Measure noun
  • Restriction noun
  • Generally adverb
  • Spread noun/verb
  • Statistic noun
  • Question verb
  • Effectiveness noun
  • Approach noun

Are lockdowns a good way to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic?

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