Americans are feeling the economic fallout from the spreading coronavirus crisis, with a majority saying the outbreak has caused a family member to lose their job or face a reduction in pay or hours — and even more fearing a recession that could be as bad or worse than the one caused by the financial collapse of 2008, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.The survey finds 1 in 3 saying they or an immediate family member have been laid off, while about half report a cut in work hours or pay for someone in their family. Among those who haven’t suffered such setbacks, at least half are concerned that they will occur.
If the numbers are that high now, imagine how high they’ll be in a month.
* Jennifer Steinhauer and Zolan Kanno-Youngs report on how Trump’s hollowing out of the federal workforce hampered the response to the virus.
* Caroline Chen, Marshall Allen, and Lexi Churchill acquired emails showing the chaotic response in the CDC in the first days after the virus started to spread.
* Margaret Sullivan argues that we need a coronavirus stimulus for local journalism.
* And Philip Verhoef explains what’s going through doctors’ minds right now as they confront the virus.