UPDATE: This article has been significantly revised since its original publication. Specifically, the CDC numbers used in the original article were incorrect. Below is first the original article and at the bottom the new numbers with an explanation why the original numbers were incorrect. The new numbers do not support the thesis of the article … Continue reading When COVID-19 Deaths Go Up, Other Deaths Go Down (UPDATE: MAJOR CORRECTION)
COVID-19 is a very serious problem that should be taken very seriously by both government and the public, but there are ways in which we may be getting an inflated sense of the threat. This story is an updated version of an article that was originally published on Foreign Policy Follies on March 23. Confirmation … Continue reading Fourteen Ways In Which The COVID-19 Threat May be Inflated
The COVID-19 crisis is fueling a race to find solutions for the problem while also shutting down large parts of the economy and giving governments enormous economic powers. Except for wartime mobilization, this situation is unprecedented. In this article I discuss seventeen major potential consequences of the crisis for our political economy. The article will … Continue reading Covidonomics: What Will the COVID-19 Crisis Do to Our Political Economy?
It is not just COVID-19 itself that is causing hardship. The lockdown and the general atmosphere of panic surrounding COVID-19 have had devastating consequences: Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs Many businesses have gone under People will lose their homes Stress and anxiety are taking their toll Suicides and abuse are going … Continue reading The Non-Covid Casualties of the Covid Crisis — Part I
58 Suggestions for Reopening the Economy and Public Life while Continuing to Limit the Damage COVID-19 Is Doing An earlier version of this article was published as a Google Doc on April 5, 2020. COVID-19 poses a very serious threat: Many more people could die, either from COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — or from … Continue reading COVID-19: How to Reopen the Economy