According to an economist cited in the piece: "Death rates fall, people smoke less, drink less and exercise more. Traffic fatalities go way down, which is not a surprise when people drive less. Heart attacks go down. Back problems go down. People have more time to prepare healthier meals at home."
This almost makes a recession seem like just what the doctor ordered.
The article goes on to say that we should plan on longer, slower songs, an increase in laxative sales, and a decrease in carbonated beverages. Oh, and suicides are also expected to rise.
I will do my best to monitor these key benchmarks and their effect on the ER patient population as the economic crisis continues to unfold. Especially laxative usage.