The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life

“The policies have created the greatest global economic disruption in history, with trillions of dollars of lost economic output. These financial losses have been falsely portrayed as purely economic. To the contrary, using numerous National Institutes of Health Public Access publications, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and various actuarial tables, we calculate that these policies will cause devastating non-economic consequences that will total millions of accumulated years of life lost in the United States, far beyond what the virus itself has caused.”

Scott W. Atlas, et al., “The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life,” The Hill, 5/25/2020.

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