Law, Ethics and Lockdowns: Impacts on Life, Liberty and the Economy

Many people worldwide, particularly those with disabilities and the elderly, suffered greatly not only as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic but also as a result of the lockdowns. In this article we set out widely-accepted ethical criteria for assessing when coercive public health measures are justified.  We then review the empirical evidence, not least concerning the benefits and costs of the lockdowns…