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The current flatness of the curve shows investors expect mediocre growth.
Sampling error? Omitted variable bias? Bah, that's for first-year grad students.
The world's greatest loss of life is due to infectious diseases, and yet people are often surprised to learn that no one is tracking all the world's outbreaks. The first indication of a new outbreak is often in unstructured data (natural language) and reported openly in traditional or social media as a new 'flu-like' or 'malaria-like' illness weeks or months before the new pathogen is eventually isolated.