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Fast Money Halftime Report's Scott Wapner Gives His Take On COVID-19

By The Editors | May 29, 2020 | People

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How has COVID-19 changed you? I feel like this virus has changed everybody. Aside from the sheer fear of getting sick, or fearing that my wife or children will get sick, I’m focusing more on needs rather than wants and rethinking what’s really important.

How do you stay centered and motivated, especially as you host CNBC’s Fast Money Halftime Report? It’s hard. This story has a sense of repetitiveness to it, and it can feel draining at times, especially when I’m immersed in it all day every day. ... One thing that’s kept me going is that I’ve gotten notes from people thanking me for our coverage and for being there for them. I don’t feel like I’ve done anything special—and certainly not any more than anyone else here—but it’s kept that fire burning.

How will the world change post-pandemic? It’s going to change—that’s for sure. I hope we have a greater appreciation for and understanding of each other. We’re all suffering together. I hope when this is all said and done that we think about that and why this country is so great. We all come from different places and have different backgrounds and interests, but at the end of the day, we’re all reaching for the same dream: a good, healthy and successful life.

What shifts will we see in the global financial markets in the short and long term? It’s going to be a tough road in the short term. The economy is at a standstill and tens of millions of people are out of work. No one knows when things will get better, but it’s clear it’s going to take a good while for things to normalize. Even when they do, the ‘new normal’ will feel far different. ... The only wildcard is the unprecedented level of stimulus and liquidity the Federal Reserve and government have blasted into the system. It seems to have put something of a floor under the markets. The real question is how long can it make up for the pain on main street?



Photography by: Adam Jeffery/CNBC