October 20, 2020, Vol 324, No. 15, Pages 1483-1580
The COVID-19 Pandemic and the $16 Trillion Virus
David M. Cutler, PhD; Lawrence H. Summers, PhD
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JAMA. 2020;324(15):1495-1496. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.19759
In this Viewpoint, 2 Harvard economists estimate the cumulative financial costs of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US to date from lost domestic output and health reduction at more than $16 trillion, as a way to put the lesser costs of public health measures, such as population testing, contact tracing, and isolation, in perspective.