Coronavirus: Why it’s time to lift the lockdown

Why it’s time to lift the lockdown [LINK].

Tests reliable enough to be confident that a person can safely return to work are now said to be at least a month away. However, we can’t afford to sit around in lockdown waiting for that. Might tests good enough for statistical research be available sooner so we can get some firm answers about prevalence?

Either way, we need to ask whether the time hasn’t come to begin to lift the lockdown, antibody survey or no antibody survey.

Hospitals have not been overrun in London or New York, the worst affected cities in their respective countries, and admissions for Covid-19 in both hotspots appear to have stabilised, suggesting they are now into the peak. It is a peak that is far flatter than was predicted, even given the extreme lockdown measures implemented.