Fear and the Law of Unintended Consequences

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One of the most important costs of our pandemic policies — and the resultant media amplification of them –– that emphasize risk and the need to stay home are the myriad medical needs unrelated to Covid that have been unattended to. In short, people have been afraid to go to the doctor because they’re frightened of contracting Covid. More worryingly, many have been afraid to take their kids to the hospital.

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David Zweig

David Zweig

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Author of INVISIBLES. Forthcoming: AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION (2022), and MERELY PLAYERS (2023?). I write for @NYMag @TheAtlantic @NYTimes @Wired