Pandemic Flu and the Potential for U.S. Economic Recession

Apr 01, 2007

A pandemic flu outbreak could sicken 90 billion and kill 2 million people in the United States, according to estimates, but a recent Trust for America's Health report examines another potential casualty-- our economy. According to the report, an outbreak could deliver a $680 billion blow to the U.S. economy, leading to the second worst recession since World War II.

For a quick snapshot of the report’s findings, please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Broadcast Series. Pew thanks The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for helping more Americans learn about a pandemic flu’s economic impact by including the report in its series.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information visit the Pandemic Planning Project on

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