It is in the realm of economics, not life and death, where the effects of this pandemic will manifest itself. In New York City alone, 57 public schools have closed down since the beginning of the outbreak, and many more children have been kept home from schools that stayed open. That many children staying home means in many cases, their parent(s) taking off of work. Time lost at work due to a sick child, a closed school or the employee themselves being sick significantly impact an economy already on the ropes from the financial crisis. As mentioned in a previous post, economists and epidemiologists estimate that, through lost work, insurance premium rise, and medical costs, the flu pandemic might contract the US economy by around 1 percent. For countries worse prepared to deal with the pandemic, the economic costs will be much worse.