Myrmecos

Flu

If you’re wondering why I’ve been posting more than usual the last couple days, it’s because I’m home with the flu.  When wrapped in blankets and doped up on Sudafed it’s a lot easier to futz around on the internet than attempt any actual work.

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It turns out that flu levels are at their highest point for the season.  I know this through Google’s Flu Trends, one of the company’s cleverest applications.  It seems someone noticed that activity levels of certain search terms correlate tightly with CDC’s official flu statistics, but lead CDC’s estimates by two weeks.  Amazing.

Comments

  1. #1 Aydin
    February 24, 2009

    Well, if I wish you a speedy recovery, then you’ll be posting less…

  2. #2 Henry W. Robison
    February 24, 2009

    Get well soon Alex! I MUST get my daily dose of your ant photos! Ha! Seriously, hope you are feeling better soon.

  3. #3 Ant
    February 27, 2009

    Me too, Alex! Coworkers, others, and I got sick last week. Plus, we’re in crunch mode. Ugh! I evne had a free flu shot last November 2008! Must be a new/mutated virus. :(

    http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/coldandflu/?st=CA and http://www.weather.com/activities/health/coldandflu/nationalreports/national.html are other good sources. :)

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