“America’s response to the coronavirus has been a lose-lose proposition,” Paul Krugman writes this weekend in The New York Times.
“The Trump administration and governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis insisted that there was no trade-off between economic growth and controlling the disease, and they were right — but not in the way they expected.
“Premature reopening led to a surge in infections: Adjusted for population, Americans are currently dying from Covid-19 at around 15 times the rate in the European Union or Canada. Yet the “rocket ship” recovery Donald Trump promised has crashed and burned: Job growth appears to have stalled or reversed, especially in states that were most aggressive about lifting social distancing mandates, and early indications are that the U.S. economy is lagging behindthe economies of major European nations.
“So we’re failing dismally on both the epidemiological and the economic fronts. But why?”
The rest of the column is here.