Masks vs. shutdowns is a false dichotomy

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When one follows the public discussion about the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, one increasingly gets the impression that there are only two alternatives: shutdowns or masks. Either everyone is made to wear the latter, the logic goes, or governments will have no choice but freezing the social life.

Although these measures appear very different at first sight, they have certain important…