I admit, I'm sick.
No. I don't have Swine Flu, but while I can't help but think the Swine Flu Hype is just that...hype, I can't help but check the Wikipedia page for the 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak and the 2009 swine flu outbreak in the United States.
I like these pages because they have numbers and maps.
The maps on this page were pulled off the site just now. By tomorrow they will surely be different. The yellow states/countries represent suspected cases. Some will turn red. The red states and countries represent confirmed cases of the H1N1/Swine flu virus.
I hope that no more states or countries turn "black" signifying death by Swine Flu, and I hope that the health crisis, specifically in Mexico City is reigned in.
But beyond those hopes, I think the Swine Flu is out of control.
One kid with a suspected case of this strand of flu and the whole school gets let out for the day, or maybe even weeks. It's pretty crazy, especially since recent cases have been comparable to a typical flu (not a lot of fun, but part of the human experience, I suppose).
All the same I can't keep on looking at the numbers, the maps, and checking to see how the numbers are adjusting. I'm an obsessive-compulsive checker sometimes. I check by blog stats, I check my library holds, I check my checking account, I don't know what I'm waiting to appear but when I am checking this or that stat on a regular basis I can tend to get addicted.
Recently, I'm addicted to those wikipedia pages with up to date Swine flu facts. I love table, graphs, and maps. This is my true confession.
The first picture on this post is from Jonathan Alcorn's photo blog. The maps, are of course, from wikipedia.