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The coronavirus pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of our lives. Perhaps nothing has been impacted as much as the way we work. While millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the pandemic, those who remain employed have seen their work change drastically.
In many professions, work-from-home has become the norm; not the exception. Some people have seen their work paused during this time. Others are on a mini sabbatical until their work gets back to normal. And for those who have lost their job, this may be a frightening time as they try to navigate an uncertain job market.
In many ways, this time could be seen as a small trial run for retirement. Your schedule isn’t clearly defined. You may be spending much of your time at home. Your work responsibilities may be limited or cut significantly. There are lessons you can take from this time and apply to your retirement. Below are a few of the biggest takeaways:
The United States set a somber record on Thursday, July 16, 2020, with more than 75,000 new COVID-19 cases. In fact, the U.S. set new single-day COVID-19 records 11 times between June 17 and July 16. Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts the country will soon top over 100,000 new cases each day.1
COVID-related deaths are also increasing in some states. Florida set its single day record for COVID deaths on July 16, with 156. Nine other states also set single-day death records the same week.1
The resurgence in coronavirus cases has led some states to enact new measures. More than half of all states now have some kind of mask mandate. California has even rolled back its reopening, closing bars, indoor dining, gyms, and more.2
What does this mean for the economic recovery? And what does it mean for your financial future? It’s impossible to predict what will happen in the short-term, but knowing where things stand today may help you make important decisions with your strategy.