Summer doldrums are taking on a whole new meaning during the coronavirus pandemic. The momentum in the U.S. economy appears to have melted away.
It’s not the July heat that’s at fault, of course. It’s a wave of new outbreaks of COVID-19 across the country that has forced some states to reimpose economic restrictions and others to pause further business reopenings.
Thirty-eight U.S. states have seen a rise in cases in the last 14 days. Harvard Global Health Institute researchers have developed a national tracker to trace the severity of the outbreak on a state-by-state basis, and it’s flashing red for Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and…