About two or three weeks ago, H1N1 was all over the news. I even had coworkers who had serious bouts with it (yes, they were diagnosed with H1N1, not just seasonal flu, and one had to spend several days in the hospital due to respiratory problems).
But now, it seems like not only that H1N1 isn’t in the news much any more, but I came across this chart from the CDC which says that the number of doctor visits for flu-like symptoms has been cut in half in just a couple weeks.
Do these data indicate that the spread of H1N1 is slowing? Or could there be another trend: decrease in news coverage has people less panicked about the spread of the disease?
Could the H1N1 vaccine, even in short supply, have had this effect so rapidly?
Could the number of cases spike yet again?
Or has the concern about H1N1 been completely overblown?