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Swine flu...

Posted by: Michael Mandel on April 27

…just what we didn’t need. From the NYT:

Hoping to head off a global pandemic of swine flu that has surfaced in North America, the European Union’s health commissioner on Monday urged Europeans to avoid traveling to the United States or Mexico if doing so is not essential.

The straw that broke the camel’s back? Here’s my video on swine flu and the economy.

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Reader Comments


April 27, 2009 03:36 PM

Well, I guess this means we won't be seeing Mexico's truck drivers on our roads any time soon, or foreign investors swarming the U.S. to buy the last of the crown jewels and a nice summer home. It is interesting that no statements are being made regarding fresh food imports, positive or negative.


April 27, 2009 03:51 PM

If the Swine Flu is contained about 2 weeks from now, it becomes a non-event for the economy.

In fact, it could boost the economy by causing a swarm in activity around drug discovery and genome sequencing of the virus. Remember what I said about each disaster causing a swarm of innovation around it, making it much harder for the same disaster to happen twice.

Mike Reardon

April 27, 2009 07:48 PM

A reminder that we still have a large population of illegal immigrants who do not have connections to public services. And they may not be willing to openly get full access to medic aid if needed. Many cities do have local organizations within them that offer some services to the poorest and least establish of these illegal immigrants, but full medical reach will be a hard sell if there is a need. A political and economic issue that was never addressed may need a quick solution now.


April 29, 2009 09:58 AM

I have been checking on this swine flu tracking website on and off for the last couple of days now and its kinda scary seeing how it this strain of flu is spreading.

Joe Cushing

April 30, 2009 08:18 PM

Jon is what we get when BW quits filtering these comments. At least it was entertaining to read his comment.


May 6, 2009 10:22 PM

There is a free guide to swine flu preparedness at

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Michael Mandel, BW's award-winning chief economist, provides his unique perspective on the hot economic issues of the day. From globalization to the future of work to the ups and downs of the financial markets, Mandel-named 2006 economic journalist of the year by the World Leadership Forum-offers cutting edge analysis and commentary.

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