Is the lockdown cure worse than the harms of COVID-19?

The debate has resurfaced with more than 13 million Australians currently facing stay-at-home orders

“We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.”

Lockdown protesters

Thus proclaimed then-US President Donald Trump in March last year when explaining his opposition to COVID-19 restrictions and his eagerness to end lockdowns early.

The debate on whether lockdowns are worth it measured by health outcomes has been had around the world from the beginning of the pandemic and has now surfaced again in Australia where 13 million people are under stay-at-home restrictions.