Is the cure unnecessarily worse than the disease? 6
Yes (4) 67%
No (2) 33%
Argentina has been in total shutdown for about 11 days now, with other countries having taken this step much earlier.
However, with the dire state of the Argentine economy already being evident long before the virus outbreak, it's clear that the lock-down is going to plunge this country into an even more severe financial crisis, with most of the population being unable to earn even a basic living and default is not out of the question.
From a personal standpoint and bearing in mind that my income is based on locally generated income through Mercadolibre sales, computer repairs and motorcycle courier work, that income has now been reduced to ZERO.
My partner's income as an accountant (she is the bread-winner) has halved and we now face a very uncertain future, just like the majority of the population.
I would argue that a more flexible lock-down be instigated, allowing certain small businesses to open, maybe on certain days, perhaps related to DNI numbers, thus enabling at least some trade and production. Kiosks, for example, are ubiquitous and provide a very useful service to millions in this country, but most, if not all, are now closed, as are banks.
The point I'm trying to make here is that the damage of a full and protracted lock-down in Argentina will be felt for years to come and will make 2001 look like a walk in the park by comparison.