Deficit and Debt Shouldn’t Factor Into Coronavirus Recession Response
March 19, 2020
By Heather Boushey, Bob Greenstein, Neera Tanden, Felicia Wong
COVID-19 represents both a public health emergency and an economic crisis. While federal, state, and local governments must take strong steps to stem the spread of the virus — from continuing to close schools, restaurants, and workplaces and limit the size of gatherings, to ensuring that everyone has access to health care and can be tested and treated — federal policymakers must respond just as aggressively to the economic crisis. The risks of doing too little to support families and the economy far outweigh the risks of doing too much.