Jennifer Prah Ruger is Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics and Policy and Founder and Director of the Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL) at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Global Health Justice and Governance from Oxford University Press and served previously both as Health Economist and Speechwriter to the President at the World Bank. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)President Donald Trump appears to have wavered on last month’s goal to have the US “opened up and just raring to go by Easter” as well as his warning on Twitter back then that “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.” Larry Kudlow, the President’s top economic advisor concurred, adding “the President is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease. And we’re going to have to make some difficult trade-offs.” He counseled that “[t]he economic cost to individuals is just too great.”I agree that the economic costs of the Covid-19 pandemic are massive and growing. But the social and human costs are even higher and unequally distributed, hitting the vulnerable the most. Whereas Covid-19 was a natural


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