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Staying Home Saves Lives. Could It Also Protect The Economy?

We know our economy is struggling due to coronavirus. But just how much would it cost us to end the quarantine and increase the risk of many Americans dying? How do economists calculate the value of a single human life?

For more, read What Should The Government Spend To Save A Life?

Anna Rothschild is FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Sakshi Jain is an animator at FiveThirtyEight.