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JPM Explains Why A Return To Lockdowns Isn't A Smart Strategy For Suppressing COVID-19's "Second Wave"

A team of macro analysts from JP Morgan's sell-side research desk published a lengthy paper aggregating all of their COVID-19-related findings. And while perusing the note, one particular finding caught our eye. In one section of the note, the team addressed a critical question for epidemiologists (and investors): Will the amount of time required to reach "peak" infection rates vary between successive "waves" of the virus? And if so, how might this inform the global policy response?

Succeeding in compressing the "half life" of the wave should be the central focus of policy makers, the analysts argued. And while globally, the policy response in country after country has favored lockdowns, Melbourne is showing right now that, especially when case numbers are small relative to the overall population, lockdowns might not make sense as the most effective way to contain the virus.

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