The Pandemic Has Changed Everything

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Illustration by Israel G. Vargas

Will we finally expand health-care access? Will dating go old-school? Can renewables jump-start the economy? And are takeout margaritas here to stay? The novel coronavirus has disrupted our lives in unprecedented ways. But it’s not all bleak. We asked economists, health-care workers, science fiction writers, wildcatters, and restaurateurs to forecast what lies ahead. Here’s how the novel coronavirus will shape Texas for years to come.

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