The pandemic is projected to cost the US almost $8 trillion over the next 10 years. It isn’t alone, unfortunately. No country will be immune from the toll. Knowing the cost, as well as the complexity, how can we think our way through this to optimize the ability to resume work and education, but not at the price of compromised health? Where should we be investing to build back better and healthier? Is our choice really, as some argue, between a robust economy and investing in health?
Is good health and the prevention of disease good for an economy, and is it a public good?
What is the most economical way to achieve a healthy population?
As we rebuild our economy, could this be an opportunity to address other global crises at the same time—sustainability, climate change, and inequity—as well as public health?
Are there countries taking a different approach, putting human health, well-being, and sustainability at the center of the economy they will build?