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

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


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 US 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.

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