Is an eight week lockdown necessary ? To do the job properly, I believe it is, given the time scale of the process of infection - substantially longer than for similar diseases.
Is it better to be alive, but poor and hungry, or dead ? Or is it a matter of numbers : you will accept that some people die rather than everyone is poorer, as long as it's not you, or your family and friends, who pay that price ?
@ thiago thass It doesn't bear thinking about the number of deaths that could have occurred in China, Italy, Spain, France, the UK and the US without the lockdowns imposed in these countries. The most basic principle of the right to life has taken precedence over the cost, both immediate and ultimate, of the measures taken to protect it.
It is this principle that underlies the aid given by many relatively wealthy western countries to poorer ones, and the rescue missions carried out by the UK and other countries to save migrants from drowning at sea in their attempts to reach those countries. It may not be the most cost-effective principle in the long run, but it is deeply embedded in our culture and values.