Behavioral Economics and the Urgent Need to Use Masks When Lockdowns Are Lifted

The health news from Latin America is not good. The region has become the global epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic, with nearly 4 million infections and 204,000 deaths as of mid-June. Moreover, the numbers are rising rapidly in several countries, including Brazil, which lags only the United States in reported cases, Peru with the seventh highest number of cases globally, and Chile, where outbreaks have led to new quarantines. The problem is that with lockdowns causing major disruptions in economic activity and most deeply affecting the poor, who can often neither social distance in cramped dwellings nor work from home, many countries are lifting quarantine measures just as infections and deaths begin to swell. ….[READ]