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The pandemic will bankrupt more people than it kills - and that's the real global emergency

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The pandemic will bankrupt more people than it kills - and that's the real global emergency
Coronavirus's economic danger is exponentially greater than its health risks to the public. If the virus does directly affect your life, it is most likely to be through stopping you going to work, forcing your employer to make you redundant, or bankrupting your business.

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