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In an all-too-familiar pattern, US politics have become polarized around whether to maintain lockdowns and physical distancing. Many conservatives denounce public health restrictions as limits on individual freedom and push for reopening, whereas liberals tend to oppose those demands as premature and favor continued restrictions to protect health.
The trouble with this debate is that too little is still known about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to take any position with certainty. In particular, too little is known about the alternatives to lockdowns that could enable the US to reopen institutions while minimizing the risk of new waves of the pandemic.
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Starr P. Using Controlled Trials to Resolve Key Unknowns About Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. 2020;323(23):2369–2370. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8573
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