In any economic system but capitalism, the number of deaths from a pandemic would be seen as WEAKENING the economy. The way the economy would improve would be for workers to get well and come back to work so they could spend their money and the economy would thrive. Not true under decaying finance capitalism. Capitalist stocks RISE as more people die. Why? Because financial speculators are hopeful that as long as people continue to die, the Fed will not raise the interest rates.