To me, this situation is like a war that is imposed on a country. You don’t want to lose lives whereas, you still have to fight a war. It’s a dilemma, difficult to discern. None of this was anticipated in advance, or rather, most Govt’s. were not aware of these.
Even doctors make a decision based on benefits versus cost. Most planners struggle with this dilemma and much of their decision-making nodes are based on this.
Losing life is not the option but when you factor in those folks who have run out of money and be in their shoes, we realize the hurt and the pathos of daily living. Politicians and Policy makers alike face this challenge. If they ignore, it will end up with rioting, anarchy and add further to the pandemonium created by this pandemic.