How much will the pandemic cost us?

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ST. LOUIS – According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association,
the coronavirus pandemic will end up costing Americans $16 trillion.

Researchers added up the costs of lost lives and health to the direct economic impact.

To give you a perspective, the $16 trillion price tag is equal to about 90 percent of the annual U.S. gross domestic product.

The study is listed in the medical publication as a viewpoint. But if correct, the coronavirus impact could be four times the size of the damage done by the great recession.

The authors of the study give a recommendation that the U.S. government permanently invest in pandemic preparation.

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