Economic consequences

Best in show

The pandemic shock will make big, powerful firms even mightier

And change the societies in which the corporate top dogs operate

Holed under the waterline

The coronavirus may sink the cruise-ship business

The industry has few friends and its main customers, the elderly, may shun it for good

The post-virus economy

China goes back to work

But not back to normal

Building up the pillars of state

Rich countries try radical economic policies to counter covid-19

History suggests that the effects will be permanent

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Lessons from the Spanish flu: social distancing can be good for the economy

Data from the 1918 pandemic in America suggest that places with the tightest restrictions fared best