Following the science in public policy decisions requires consulting all relevant data not just the findings of one or two disciplines. As in our personal lives, morally virtuous public policy balances different moral goods.
This means that, as valuable as epidemiology is for helping public official respond to COVID-19, alone is an insufficient practical and moral basis for public policy. Limiting our appeal to data in this way means, as Victor V. Claar reminds us that overlooking the fact
… that saving lives through mitigation is costly in the same way that saving lives by outlawing driving is costly. As of April 30, some 30 million Americans had been laid off due to COVID-19, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, likely pushing the April unemployment rate to 19 percent, or even to 30 percent, according to a prediction by the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. And nearly 25 percent of American small businesses expect to close permanently within the next few months, a poll by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife indicates.
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