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The Real Economy: Volume 65

Curtailing the second wave


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As the number of coronavirus infections and deaths continued to rise in the United States in April, a sobering reality has emerged. Despite the recent incremental decline in newly reported cases, Americans remain at risk. Recent relaxation of shelter-in-place orders being implemented by some states presents a clear risk for a second wave of the pandemic, according to epidemiological studies and related research. But with a surge of people joining the ranks of the unemployed since late March, urgency to reopen the U.S. economy is mounting.

The idea of reopening is somewhat of a misnomer. The economy will not return to its prior state all at once, but instead in stops and starts marked by the phased restart of essential businesses, schools, hospitals and government services. The so-called new normal that will define life amid the ongoing threat of a yet-to-be-cured disease will call for cautious steps, testing, evaluation and retesting.

In this issue of The Real Economy, we examine the case for a staggered reopening of the economy. In addition, we spotlight the coronavirus impact on the health care industry, and we explore cybersecurity trends in the middle market. Download the full issue.


Middle market trend watch: Cybersecurity

Middle market trend watch: Cybersecurity

Businesses are challenged with new cyberthreats due to an increased remote workforce, stresses on legacy networks and resource constraints.


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