The Economists
The Economists
Apr 2, 2020
Surviving COVID-19: how much is a human life 'worth'?
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Planning for the management of health during the coronavirus requires more than solely a death toll.

Measuring the costs of human suffering must also include mental illness, physical pain and a loss of quality of life that will follow this global crisis.

This is where numbers play a role.

Not to rate one life over another, but to limit the 'scarring effects' of this pandemic.

David Johnston,  professor of health economics at Monash University.

Quentin Grafton, professor of economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.
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