Globalization and Health
[Accessed 23 Jan 2021]
Lockdowns and low- and middle-income countries: building a feasible, effective, and ethical COVID-19 response strategy
Lockdowns can be an effective pandemic response strategy that can buy much needed time to slow disease transmission and adequately scale up preventative, diagnostic, and treatment capacities. However, the broad restrictive measures typically associated with lockdowns, though effective, also comes at a cost – imposing significant social and economic burdens on individuals and societies, especially for those in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)… In response to the urgent need for more policy development around the contextual challenges involved in employing such measures, we propose some strategies LMICs could adopt for safe and responsible lockdown entrance/exit or to avoid re-imposing coercive restrictive lockdown measures altogether.
Authors: Oghenowede Eyawo, A. M. Viens and Uchechukwu Chidiebere Ugoji
Content type: Commentary
20 January 2021