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Could swine flu knock the UK economy again?

While many in the UK continue to enjoy a heatwave there are real concerns about the latter end of 2009 and the potential impact that swine flu could have on the UK economy. Despite the fact that swine flu has been taken off the headlines in the UK we are seeing more and more cases reported and confirmed on a daily basis and indeed the UK government has moved from a phase of containment to treatment. So could swine flu have an impact on the UK economy?

Even though there are many rumours, untruths and wild accusations doing the rounds there is no doubt we could see tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of daily sufferers reported in the latter part of 2009. Indeed, one of the advisers to the UK government suggested that eventually we could see around 100,000 new cases of swine flu announced every day in August , before the government is able to immunise the vast majority of the population.

When you consider that the so far swine flu sufferers have been forced to remain indoors while the virus is active, we could potentially lose tens of millions of hours of working time over the next three months. Whether this is something of a nightmare scenario, which may ultimately not materialise, there are growing concerns that the UK economy and the expected recovery could be impacted by the threat of swine flu.

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