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Why Didn't the 1958 and 1918 Pandemics Destroy the Economy? Hint: It's the Lockdowns

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05/26/2020Ryan McMaken

The 1958 pandemic killed twice as many people as COVID-19 has so far. Yet, the economy in 2020 has collapsed far worse than either in 1958 or the far worse pandemic of 1918.

Narrated by Daniella Bassi. 

Original Article: "Why Didn't the 1958 and 1918 Pandemics Destroy the Economy? Hint: It's the Lockdowns​"

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