Washington Post

We're not killing the economy over the coronavirus. We're putting it into a coma

Gallup's most recent poll shows Trump's overall job approval up to its high point, still a low 49% percent, but also reports 60% approval of how he has handled the coronavirus crisis. Foto: AP/Susan Walsh

Many people are worried that social distancing and state lockdowns will "kill the economy." That's the wrong analogy. Now that the massive $2 trillion stimulus bill is set to become law, there's another analogy that fits better: inducing a coma.

Doctors frequently induce medical comas to give their patients' brains time to heal from traumatic injuries. A doctor injects large amounts of sedatives into the person to induce the coma and then washes the drugs out of the person's system as they get better...

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