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COVID-19 has stopped the world in its tracks. Its contagion impelled governments to adopt Draconian measures that slowed the pandemic but shut down whole sectors of economies. Some have cast this dilemma as a choice that government must make between safeguarding lives and rescuing the economy. Journalist David Rotman, however, argues powerfully in this incisive essay that this a false choice: A workable strategy for widespread testing would help open the US economy while keeping a lid on the spread of COVID-19.
About the Author
David Rotman is a business and science journalist and an editor at large of MIT Technology Review.