The coronavirus pandemic has brought plague novels to the fore. Ling Ma’s Severance (2018), Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2014), Edan Lepucki’s California (2014), and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One (2011) all contain viruses, plagues, or zombies, and all are seeing buzzy resurgences while Americans are under quarantine.

Once the coast is clear for Americans to return to work and play, however, the fallout will be economic. Wall Street analysts are issuing dire projections for the rest of 2020 and possibly into 2021, long after the virus has been quelled.