America’s Economy Begins to Shut Down as Pandemic Measures Take Hold

New York Times, Mar. 16, 2020–Patricia Cohen, Jim Tankersley
In some places, public officials and private business owners moved with stunning speed. In others, paralyzing hesitancy, defiant bravado or blithe disregard dominated. But by Monday, it was clear everywhere that most of the American economy was grinding to an unparalleled halt and would remain that way for months.