Unintended Consequences: COVID-19 Policy

May 8, 2020, by Sean McMahon and Sara Harper, LHC Staff


The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have launched us into the great unknown. It’s hard to predict what will change in the world outside the safety of our homes. While news outlets are operating a constant stream of pandemic-related updates, there are other changes going on that don’t make as many headlines. Even in normal times, every policy change leads to unintended consequences, side-effects of the change that are not in line with the goal of the policy. Stay-home orders have certainly slowed the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19), but what else have those orders done? We’ve rounded up some of the news of the last two months that may be side-effects of staying at home.