A woman wears a face mask on the subway as the coronavirus outbreak continued in Manhattan, New York City

Across the country, public events are being cancelled, shops and restaurants are shutting down, and workers are being sent home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This reduction in commerce is necessary as a public health response to the virus, but its adverse effects are already rippling through local economies—and will likely worsen in the coming weeks.

The scale of the crisis and the economic shocks it’s creating will warrant a major federal stimulus package to avoid a damaging recession. As a first step, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act this weekend, which would provide paid leave, access to free testing, and other benefits to children and families.