The stock market is on edge as traders, policymakers and economists worry the economic impacts of the new coronavirus are bound to get a lot worse.

Michael Walden, an economist at North Carolina State University, says people increasingly ask him: Could a virus like COVID-19 actually trigger a recession? While it’s too soon to tell in this outbreak, Walden considers the impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic – which infected a third of humanity – and identifies four ways the coronavirus could harm the U.S. economy.

Today the last episode of The Conversation’s collaboration with WBUR and NPR’s live national talk show “On Point” on the subject of truth airs. Guests will include Lee McIntyre, a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University, and Penn State political scientist and managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy Christopher Beem.

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Coronavirus seems to be on a collision course with the US economy and its 12-year bull market. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Could coronavirus really trigger a recession?

Michael Walden, North Carolina State University

An economist explains how a virus like COVID-19 could disrupt the US economy – and why it's too soon to freak out just yet.

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    Robert T. Walker, University of Florida; Aline A. Carrara, University of Florida; Cynthia S. Simmons; Maira I Irigaray, University of Florida

    Native Brazilians are among the Amazon's most effective defenders against logging and mining, because they're fighting not just for the environment but for their people's very survival.

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    Stephanie Clark, Iowa State University

    When the holes – also called ‘eyes’ – don’t appear in a batch, cheesemakers say the cheese is 'blind.'

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