We have reported for years on the sharing economy being the future, as young consumers and business travellers found themselves renting everything rather than owning. The chance to live in someone else’s shoes, or rent a flat with furniture that went back to Ikea or another supplier at the end of your tenancy seemed to make sense.

But as this article says (subscription required for complete article), the problem with renting is that potentially lots of other people have touched whatever it is, first. Shared scooters and bicycles now look like disease spreaders, and as worldwide social distancing measures bite, during the COVID-19 outbreak companies such as Airbnb and Uber have seen their business plummet.

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