Bloomberg - Empty classrooms, shuttered restaurants and hospitals bursting with patients. That was the scene in Mexico City in 2009 when a new strain of flu swept across much of the country and spread around the world.

Just 11 years after the swine flu outbreak, which infected more than 60 million people in the U.S. alone and took as many as half a million lives worldwide, the new coronavirus is threatening to spark another global epidemic...

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