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In the United States, before the coronavirus, the seasonal flu weighs on the economy

The flu this winter in America, which has already claimed 14,000 lives, is particularly deadly. With a cost of 30 billion dollars, evaluates a study by the Mirabaud bank.

Press conference on February 7 in Washington of President Trump's task force responsible for the coronavirus. For the time being, the seasonal flu epidemic, very virulent this year, could also weigh on the American economy according to an economist of the Mirabaud bank.
Press conference on February 7 in Washington of President Trump’s task force responsible for the coronavirus. For the time being, the seasonal flu epidemic, very virulent this year, could also weigh on the American economy according to an economist of the Mirabaud bank. Samuel Corum / AFP

The world has its eye on the Covid-19 coronavirus and its expansion in China and abroad. Yet another epidemic, seasonal influenza in the United States, should be watched, points out Mirabaud securities economist John Plassard.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current flu season, which is far from over, is particularly bad this year. She has already sent more than 250,000 Americans to hospital, with a higher proportion than usual of children and young adults. And it has killed at least 14,000 people.

Little health coverage

Its economic devastation is far from negligible. A very large number of Americans, more than 26 million, have been infected. “Many of them are presentee. They prefer to go to the office or to the factory despite the symptoms they identified for a very simple reasonSays John Plassard. “A large number of people are not covered by health insurance compensating for professional absences“, He adds.

As a result, the cost of care and lost income exceeds $ 30 billion per year on average. “We should be at the top of the range this year“Predicts the economist. One sector of activity, that of pharmaceutical laboratories, on the other hand, is enough to rejoice in this epidemic. Nearly 170 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine are expected to be used this year in the United States, the CDC said.

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