US business group warns of swine flu absenteeism

In the 16-page volume titled, "It's Not Flu as Usual: An H1N1 Business Preparedness Guide," the largest American business federation presented scenarios in which more than 10 percent of staff are too sick to come to work an any given day over the course of several months to a year.

"In communities where H1N1 flu circulated this past spring, the infection rate was roughly 6 percent to 8 percent over a three- to four-week period. During the winter season, infection rates could be two to three times higher, as both the H1N1 (swine) flu and the seasonal flu circulate and sicken people simultaneously," the guide said. "

Presumably that will effect gasoline consumption.


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