Putting the Cost of COVID-19 in Perspective
When it comes to the toll on human life, mental well-being, and any long-term complications, the true cost of COVID-19 can be difficult to quantify.
That said, from a purely economic angle, researchers can and do examine these things—as well as economic data like unemployment and lost GDP, to assign dollar figures to the pandemic.
Using data from a study out of Harvard University, these visualizations focus on putting the economic cost of COVID-19 in the U.S. in perspective. To help us understand the immense price associated with a pandemic, the study looked at other comparables like the costs of running America’s longstanding war on terror.
First published: January 14, 2021 (link)
Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf
Data source: 20 Years of War – A Costs of War Research Series by The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, The COVID-19 Pandemic and the $16T Virus by David . Cutler, PhD, Department of Economics, Harvard University
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