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The U.S. economy is in freefall, as a month of COVID-19 economic lockdowns has driven tens of millions into the unemployment lines. But how do we begin to restore the economy without sacrificing public health? In mid-April, the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP) put out a plan to do just that. On this episode of American Wonk, three of the plan's co-authors--Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution, Bob Kocher of Stanford, and Avik Roy of FREOPP--talk about their approach.

The group warns that we may be far away from scaling up testing, or developing effective treatments for COVID-19, and that we therefore have to think about ways to reopen the economy even if the pandemic endures.

You can read the full plan at, and a summary of the plan at the Wall Street Journal.

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