My concentration in public health school (community health and bioterrorism/all hazards preparedness) studies situations exactly like this. What would we do if we had another Spanish flu? Or another Bubonic? It's pretty clear that microbes are evolving much faster than the synthesis of drugs to combat them.
The telecommuting is also a way to isolate yourself from being exposed to any pathogens. I'm not surprised that the government is taking a very close look at the potential for pandemics.
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