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‘Ah choo!’ The cost of catching a cold in a small open economy

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist, Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com

As a small open economy, Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing the reality of being caught in the middle of a global pandemic. In January 2020, few locally were focused on the unfolding global drama of COVID-19, the virus that was making its way across the globe—beginning with China, Europe and the USA.

By Ash Wednesday, when ‘d party done’, we received an appropriate dose of sobriety that marked not only the start of Lent but also the start of ‘COVID-19 watch’ T&T style.

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