Americans are urged to get flu shots every year, but there may be another factor that could sway them toward immunization: The country’s rising employment rate.
Because the U.S. is close to full employment, workplaces are more crowded, allowing the flu virus to spread more easily, according to an economist. In fact, each 1-percentage point increase in the employment rate correlates with a 16% bump in flu-related doctors’ visits, Erik Nesson, an associate professor of economics at Ball State University in Indiana, said.
“It seems to be a place where higher economic activity is detrimental to people’s health,” Nesson said in an interview Wednesday.
Having achieved or presided over full employment, a record-breaking stock market, a complete renovation of US foreign policy, the muzzling of Iran, the hitherto unimaginable coaxing of North Korea, the first steps away from a failed Afghanistan War, the de-Ginsburging of the judiciary and the demolition of the Russia hoax, it’s no wonder the media has only two stories to run. Besides Trump ‘flu, there is the imminent impeachment trial. Democrats and the journalists who work for them will be covering every angle of the circus to damage Donald Trump but it’s too late. Americans tuned out of Ukraine miscellanea months ago. It’s the second drawer down in the scandal kitchen. They also know the Democrats are running a sausage machine whose issue is offal and whose purpose is assassination-by-poison. Taking its theatrical lead from Speaker Pelosi, the New York Times (above) is playing the story as straight news; as a reality-based event. A “somber ritual,” it says. Yes, one could describe a desecration as sombre. And that’s what this ‘trial’ is: a desecration of democracy and the Constitution by embittered liars covering up their own catalogue of crimes.