Back in the old days whenever your country was going through a bad time financially you had to go start a war somewhere to take peoples minds off of it. Lots of people died, millions more suffered, things were never the same afterwards but generally the financial situation seemed to sort itself out.
But these days we have exotic sounding diseases that do the job so much better. Hardly anyone dies and the only suffering is having to sit through endless “investigative journalism” reports and “urgent updates” on telly. It takes everybody’s minds off the recession without having to commit troops or make up cool war slogans… so all in all a good result.