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Are lockdowns a good way to deal with a pandemic?


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In many countries in Europe and around the world a lockdown was 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 have been 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 lockdowns and whether the negative effects of lockdowns outweigh the benefits.


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  • lockdown (noun)
  • enforce (verb)
  • outweigh (adjective)
  • measure (noun)
  • spread (verb)
  • effectiveness (noun)
  • harm (noun)
  • harmful (adjective)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • Overall (adverb)

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Do you think lockdowns during a pandemic do more harm than good?

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  • Was there a lockdown in your country during COVID-19?
  • How do lockdowns help during a pandemic?
  • What are the negative effects of a lockdown?
  • What alternative action do you think governments could take instead of a lockdown?

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