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Down a -- in reaction to a growing concern about all these Swine Flu cases my next guest says this couldn't have come at a worse time.
For the economy -- springs technology CEO doctor.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Butchered that poor man's -- he's never gonna come back to this and doctor I wouldn't blame you thank you for coming thank you very much.
Thank you for having me actually didn't but for the name calling it a great job there.
Really OK and like I count my producers for this field I guess your doctor what what do you make up of where this whole.
Swine Flu thing stands right now and how much money we're committing.
To something that might might not.
-- this this plague it's been made out to.
It's an issue with an economy that's already on life support -- the last thing that the economy needs right now globally is Swine Flu.
And the unpredictability.
Of what's going to happen the fear factor is creating a very tenuous situation and we have to understand.
That it's that fear.
That could -- the economy globally.
A few months ago the IMF released a report that said that if there is an outbreak of a pandemic.
That could cost of about three trillion dollars in effect the GDP by a drop in about 5% which is significant so that you take.
Now many countries that are either in a recession or the brink of a recession and put them into a depression so we're a very sensitive predicament right.
Now -- -- after there are a lot of folks I talked to over over the weekend about about this whole thing and they were saying you know I'm not in the mood to go out of the store -- -- -- it.
To go and splurge -- regions look at houses as they were pre disposed to deal with some good byes in the neighborhoods.
Because of this thing there they're worried about life -- -- things which I guess is a good sense of priority but for.
You know open to turn around not a good thing and.
Well every thirty seconds that the president statistics are in fact valid that somebody is going bankrupt.
And after mortgage and utilities health care cost is on everybody's mind.
The last thing that we need right now is exactly what you said of the life and death issue that we know very little about.
We haven't informed the public that in fact we know what the issue is we don't know we can afford it.
And so there is a great amount of fear mean look at the number of kids that haven't gone to school.
The number of people that may be staying home from work and if people don't show up at work well we all know what the answer to that -- in terms of productivity impact on the economy.
We're trying to stimulate the economy by getting people to go out and buy goods.
Go and travel go out to dinner go out to hotels.
But all of a sudden -- -- the last couple of days we now have a scare where many of these industries have come to a standstill.
The what is something to this though doctrine that you know when you have so the World Health Organization saying.
This is now spread to half a dozen countries it's it's all over the the with the world now.
If it it might be mutating might.
Who would she's always a worry with pandemic it's when that happens.
And that there could be something to this them.
The fear of mutation.
It's clearly want you know what we're calling -- Swine Flu right now actually a combination of viruses the combination of the human virus.
Avian virus are bird flu and Swine Flu that's the concern.
Any time you have a virus that's gifts from.
And animal over to humans is of concern so what do you predict that Internet that is right yeah that's what we're going what what do you predict -- I don't think we have enough information speaking today but there were the reality Neil is that.
Whether it happens now or whether happens tomorrow we're not prepared and here's why.
They are three things that we have to have in place in order to be responsive to this and I'll tell you over the weekend one of my concerns is.
That here we have the head of Homeland Security.
Talking about a health care issue.
Where are the health care folks I know we've addressed that issue earlier on -- -- show.
And where are we in terms of having to the president has talked about investing billions of dollars in technology.
We have billions of folks that are out on Twitter today on the CDC.
Who are completely confused and -- -- what information is correct what is not so technology has been good.
But we've now armed ourselves with technology that creates random chaos.
That we have no idea what's reliable and not accurate information by reliable sources.
Using technology can help us better manage our health.
That's what we need to do whether the pandemic as today or whether it's tomorrow it's going to happen.
But we've got to be prepared.
Whereas -- doctors on the CDC officials themselves are the ones twittering because I always feel like save our lives and you can Twitter later but that's Sicily.
The exact -- was -- very fun thank you doctor if I'm very revealing.
Thank you for having me on today -- thank you.
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