Mind and Body

How cities can avoid lockdowns this winter

Jane Khomi

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As Covid-19 cases continue to surge, policymakers are weighing strategies that can combat transmission without wreaking economic devastation.

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It's a tall order. While lockdown measures have helped curb an estimated 60 million infections in the United States, shutdowns come with costs — including layoffs and business closures.

The number of Americans looking for work spiked by 4.5 million in April and has remained elevated.