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STAT published a column coauthored by Mireille Jacobson on the economic rationale for strong actions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Using the CDC’s most dire estimate, the economic cost of lives lost if we do nothing is $8.5 trillion, or just under half of U.S. gross domestic product. This does not account for the costs of suffering for those who get sick but do not die, lost productivity due to illness, or direct medical expenditures.”

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