A surge in influenza related deaths illicit a panic and there's a run on supplies. Similar to the ammo shortage, demand grossly exceeds supply and nations begin to ration your purchases. Folks that didn't prep get lefting holding the short end of the stick as they struggle to get enough food for their families.
That's beside the point. All you need is a general sense of unease for people to stockpile on things. Ammo is a good example. Once a run on goods start, it's hard to stop.It's all nonsense, though. Roughly 40,000 people die every year in the U.S. from influenza and related complications. Most were in poor health to begin with, weak immune systems, or had prior infections (pneumonia, etc).
Not sure why people are all buying into this hype. Sure wish I'd had some stock in a couple of drug companies making vaccine and/or OTC flu remedies.
I'd agree with you...unfortunately.There will be a controlled economic/currency collapse. After a perfectly timed spell of turbulent shortages and chaos, and the powers that be will offer salvation in the form of a new quasi-global currency, with a few other liberty-sacrficing details thrown in that nobody needs to pay much attention to.
The sheeple-majority will welcome this with open arms,wondering why this hasn't been suggested long before. Civil liberties will crumble at an ever increasing rate until we ultimately find ourselves with a noose around our neck,ballancing on a two-legged stool.