New Study Shows Lockdowns Are Effective For Some, But Not All Populations

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Lockdowns have been the blunt force instrument used to contain the coronavirus, and a recent study from UCSF proves that early on in the pandemic, shutdowns worked to curtail deaths in some, but not all populations. In particular, the study notes that Blacks, Latinos and those without a high school degree experienced a higher number of deaths per capita, even with a lockdown in place. While researchers are learning that shutdowns can work, what can be done to address the disparities experienced by high-risk communities? We'll talk about the study and what it means for crafting future policy responses.


Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and professor of medicine, UCSF School of Medicine