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As larger percentages of the U.S. population become infected, a study shows how direct medical expenses for treating COVID-19 will rise. Those costs will come back to everyone. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Coronavirus medical costs could soar into hundreds of billions as more Americans become infected

Reopening state economies too soon risks a second wave of the pandemic, and a surge in medical costs. Anyone who pays insurance premiums and taxes will be picking up the tab.
In the rural South, chronic illnesses are common, the population is older and health care options have been declining as hospitals close. All put the population at higher risk from COVID-19. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Coronavirus is spreading through rural South’s high-risk population – reopening economies will make it worse

Southern governors are starting to reopen their economies at the same time COVID-19 cases are spreading through the rural South.
A tourist from Québec poses with a Canadian flag in Peggy’s Cove, N.S. on Canada Day, 2016. Allowing domestic tourism to resume may be one step to carefully reopening the Canadian economy during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Restarting the coronavirus economy: 4 possible steps

The response to COVID-19 should become a learning opportunity on how to develop more illness-proof economies.
When there are too many elites in a society, competition for power makes existing problems worse. Francisco Goya / Wikimedia

History repeats itself. That’s bad news for the 2020s

The 2020s promise to be a decade of mounting strain. But will these years be a story of spiralling decline or triumph over adversity?

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