It likely decreases it! When people have the flu, they are less likely to drive and to eat, so the environmental costs of driving to and from work and errands and eating food that has been shipped from all over the world to make it to the grocery store is greatly decreased. HOWEVER, if the flu lands them in the hospital, where the lights are on all the time, they are hooked up to all kinds of electronic monitoring devices and require medical procedures (a lung xray, for example), then the impact of the flu on the environment may be the same as a normal day without the flu, or even greater than a normal day.
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