The cure worse than the disease?
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Unemployment During the Pandemic Expected to Cause 900,000 US Deaths, New Economic Study Finds. A new National Bureau for Economic Research paper projects 890,000 additional deaths may result over the next 15 years from actions taken to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The toll of the coronavirus has been severe. But a new study has found that the collective response to the virus may ultimately claim more lives than the virus itself. In a new National Bureau for Economic Research paper, researchers from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and Duke University concluded that a staggering 890,000 additional deaths may result over the next 15 years stemming from actions taken to mitigate the spread of the virus. “Economic growth is the single most important factor relating to length of life,” said Yale School of Medicine professor M. Harvey Brenner in 2002, following completion of a pivotal study exploring the relationship between unemployment and mortality. “Employment is the essential element of social status and it establishes a person as a contributing member of society and also has very important implications for self-esteem.”