11 May 2020

Tom Whipple and Steve Andrews, Editors

Quote of the Week

Well before shutdown orders, restaurant reservations were plummeting. Electricity usage, which falls when office buildings and factories empty out, was dropping, too. Public transit in many cities was in free fall. So was the number of air travel passengers passing through TSA checkpoints. Such data, combined with opinion polling today, suggests that Americans who were turning off the economy on their own may not readily reopen it soon — even if officials say it’s OK to.” Emily Badger and Alicia Parlapiano, The New York Times

“There’s just no evidence that this partial reopening in Georgia has significantly changed anything in the economy.” John Friedman, an economist at Brown University

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