What happened? Did we run out of things to worry about? CNN's news dragged this one out: Flu outbreak in U.S. could spark recession
Pointing out right off the bat that this was from a report from a "nonpartisan, nonprofit organization" lest anyone should think they have an agenda, they go on to say that a pandemic would kill over two million people and put 87.75 million people out of the work force for three weeks.
Then they quote the executive director of the Trust for America's Health as saying, ""The U.S. is not prepared to face an economic shock of this magnitude."
So we're back to worrying about H5N1 bird flu and projecting doomsday scenes if - or as the article seems to conclude - when it hits.
The article does mention that the accuracy of these projections depend on whether all of their assumptions are right.
Well, duh, as they say.
If anything happened that put 90,000,000 people out of commission for three weeks, we're probably in trouble. But then, if anything should happen to cause huge objects to fall from the sky, we'd be in trouble, too.
Well, they tell me it could happen.