Obama declares swine flu a national emergency -- latimes.com
Receiving advisement from his Health and Human Services secretary and the CDC I'm sure, Obama has declared the
'swine flu' (which I thought was being referred to publicly as the H1N1 virus) a national emergency.
This declaration paves the way for health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected people.
What were the federal powers in the first place that are being suspended?
We spoke months ago when the first wave hit and was subsequently underestimated (as it appears to have been at a governmental level) about the impacts a pandemic like this could have. Projections have the virus infecting 60% of the population of the United States. If you've been observant it is almost impossible to not have already seen some of the effects of the virus.
Class sizes have been reduced to around 50% at the school I attend. Employers have threatened punitive measures against their workers if they come to work sick or are feeling any symptoms of the H1N1.
If lets say for example 20% of the U.S gets flu symptoms in roughly the same 2-3 week period as the projections estimate, that is roughly 70 million people. Aside from the death toll, the causes to industry will be enormous.