Your dollars at work: Charting H1N1's course

Monday, May 04, 2009

Looks like H1N1 virus, still more popularly known as the swine flu, is waning in Mexico. The virus has sickened at least 245 people in the U.S., and killed a young boy. So what lies ahead? Obviously no one (except maybe psychic John Edwards) knows for sure, but some disease trackers are mapping a possible course. How? Well, a computer simulation out of Northwestern University is taking inspiration from an unusual source: the dollar bill. Donald McNeil Jr, Science reporter for our partner, The New York Times, joins The Takeaway with a look at how the virus might spread in the U.S.

For more, read Donald G. McNeil Jr.'s article, Predicting Flu With the Aid of (George) Washington, in today's New York Times.
"Even if we were in 1918, you had a 98 percent chance of survival. And now we've got Tamiflu and we will have a vaccine, so probably we will all be safe. But take precautions.
—New York Times science writer Donald McNeil Jr. on the H1N1 virus


Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

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