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Coronavirus Threatens Public Health, Economic Stability In San Antonio

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The global coronavirus outbreak continues to upend life as we know it, making an indelible mark on the economy worldwide. What could this threat mean for San Antonio?

There have yet to be any confirmed cases of community spread in San Antonio, but under guidance from government and public health officials, more people are social distancing by staying home and avoiding large public gatherings. Money isn't being injected into the local economy like it was pre-outbreak, which is certain to negatively affect area businesses and employees.

People are traveling less, which means less business for the hospitality industry. People aren't eating out as much, so service industry workers aren't taking home as many tips. People worried about the economy are holding on tightly to their pursestrings instead of shopping at local stores or making major investments.

Has the coronavirus threat had any measurable impact on San Antonio's economy, so far? Which industries are most at risk? What about gig economy workers and those without paid sick leave?

What can be done to mitigate the negative impact for area businesses, especially those that are smaller and independently owned? What actions are local restaurants and retailers taking to preserve their livelihoods?

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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, March 18.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.