5 financial weapons you can use to fight the COVID-19 economy

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As the coronavirus threatens the health and wealth of Americans, consumers are fighting back by arming themselves with basic financial tools they may have overlooked before.

They’re rushing to sign up for products and plans that will protect their incomes, lifestyles and loved ones from the virus and the severe economic fallout that has tipped the U.S. into its first recession in over a decade.

Here are five financial tools that have become essential during the pandemic. If you haven’t included them in your money strategy, maybe it’s time to make room.

1. Life insurance

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The pandemic has raised awareness about life insurance.

The rising toll from COVID-19 is a reminder that life is fragile — which has led to surging sales of life insurance policies.

“We believe there are many people who have been putting off buying life insurance, and the pandemic is creating

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Florida’s reopening plan for schools has lots of detail but defers to local decisions

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Arguing that Florida’s economy depends upon it, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday unveiled a plan that expects K-12 schools to reopen in August at “full capacity.”

What that looks like will rely on decisions made by local leaders who know their communities best, he said during a news conference in Melbourne. To help them, the state offered a lengthy set of suggestions based on discussions with experts and other advisers.

That flexibility is key for school districts in South Florida, which continues to be a COVID-19 hot spot. Thursday saw the highest number of cases reported in a single day, and Miami-Dade continues to lead the state in cases and deaths.

“There are unequal conditions right now at play in the state,” said Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “I know that the viability of options, some of them requested by parents based on surveys, would rely on something other than

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