The burden Covid-19 will leave in its wake

Pandemics like Covid-19, alarming and destructive as they are, can serve a useful purpose if they remind everyone of the critical importance of public health. When a contagious disease strikes, even a society’s most protected elites must worry about the health of neglected populations. Those who have advocated privatisation and cost-cutting measures that deny healthcare to the most vulnerable now know that they did so at their own peril. A society’s overall health depends on the health of its poorest people.More immediately, though, the Covid-19 crisis could have many severe economic effects, …

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