It’s a False Choice to Pit Public Health vs. Economic Health

The relationship is far more complex than the online conversation suggests.

One of the most frustrating aspects of the online debate about coronavirus is the ongoing idea that we confront some kind of stark binary—that we can have a lower number of deaths and a dreadful recession or our government can tolerate a higher level of risk and “open up” the American economy, thereby avoiding most of the economic pain. In reality, our …

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