Retiring to a sunny foreign vacation spot was the American dream. Now the coronavirus is forcing some expats to come back.

Americans who retire abroad tend to stay there until their health begins to decline, then return to the US for care and to be closer to family, Wharton Prof. Olivia S. Mitchell explains to Sindya N. Bhanoo of the Washington Post. Health and safety concerns in the wake of COVID-19 may make many return sooner.