Is the economic and social crisis more dangerous than the health crisis?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – This is what the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, fears, who is taking up a widespread idea since the Covid-19 epidemic. Can the cure end up being worse than the disease?

Prime Minister Jean Castex during the press conference on August 27 at the Hotel Matignon.
Prime Minister Jean Castex during the press conference on August 27 at the Hotel Matignon. AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

THE QUESTION. By postponing by one week the presentation of its recovery plan, which will be disclosed on September 3, the government seems to be prioritizing health and the fight against Covid-19, leaving the economy at the second rank of its concerns. . After all, health is priceless. In reality, we have to fight on both fronts at the same time. Jean Castex even sounded the alarm on Wednesday in an interview with France Inter. “The worst of all is that we are sinking, because we do not resume activity, in an economic and social crisis which would be – the French feel it well – much more dangerous than the crisis sanitary “, explained the Prime Minister.

That is clear. But can we really compare two areas of fundamentally different nature? On the one hand, health and the fight against the epidemic, the results of which are measured in the number of people infected by the virus and ultimately by deaths linked to the coronavirus

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