Peter Navarro: Lockdowns Will Kill More People than the China Virus Ever Would
NAVARRO: “But going forward with these guidelines, the important thing to understand here for the American people is this — opening up this economy is not a question of lives versus jobs. The fact of the matter is, and what President Trump realized early on, is that if you lock people down, you may save lives directly from the ca virus, but you indirectly are going to kill a lot more people. Why do I say that? We know statistically, based on our experience with the China trade shock in the 2000s that unemployment creates more suicide, depression, and drug abuse. But we also know this in this crisis, as we basically locked down our hospitals for everything but covid. Women haven’t been getting mammograms or servical examinations for cancer. We haven’t been able to do other procedures for the heart or kidneys. And that’s going to kill people as well. So if you contrast like this complete lockdown where some of the people in the medical community want to just run and hide until the virus is extinguished, that’s not going to not only take a huge toll on the American economy, it’s going to kill many more people than the virus, the China virus, ever would."