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.
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.