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Why Inflationary Fears May Not Outlast the Pandemic

Consumer demand is surging, and that’s making people nervous.

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The pandemic has upended the way the world shops, worships and especially how often we wash our hands. With the virus waning in many parts of the globe (while still raging in some places, like India and Brazil), economists and policymakers are debating whether our societal quarantine workarounds will persist — or be jettisoned by summer’s end.