Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Suddenly retired? What to do next. Also in the news: 9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids, the safety of air travel right now, and how to get a stimulus check if you’re a low-income earner.

9 Low-Cost Ways to Make Virtual Learning Easier for Kids
A few relatively inexpensive items, such as blue-light glasses and kid-size headphones, can help your child focus during remote learning.

Suddenly Retired? Here’s What to Do Next
If you retire earlier than planned, you may need to cut expenses, find health insurance and talk to an advisor.

How Safe Is Air Travel Right Now?
Some preliminary data suggest COVID-19 is rarely spread in an airplane cabin.

You Can Still Get a Stimulus Check If You’re a Low-Income Earner
The deadline has been extended.

Suddenly retired? Here’s what to do next

The pandemic seems to be driving a surge of early retirements as businesses close or downsize and older people weigh the health risks of continuing to work.

The share of unemployed people not looking for work who called themselves “retired” increased to 60% in April from 53% in January, according to a study by three economists. The study was done in the early days of the pandemic, well before tens of thousands of businesses nationwide closed permanently and others began offering early retirement packages to trim their workforces.

In my latest for the Associated Press, how to avoid making hasty decisions that could cause you to run out of money.