Shoo, flu, shoo

google flu trends albany 2013-01-30

The Google Flu Trends graph for the Albany area through January 29.

There are indications the tide has turned for the flu season. The number of positive lab tests and emergency room visits are both down sharply in the state Department of Health flu surveillance report posted today (for the week ending January 26). And Google Flu Trends is also showing a recent decline in activity for both the state and the Albany area.

That's not to say the flu wave has completely passed us by. DOH reports the flu is still "widespread" in the state, with lab-confirmed reports in 53 counties. And Google Flu is still reporting "high" activity. It's just that things appear to be calming down in what's been the most severe flu season since 2009-2010.

And, of course, there's other stuff in circulation beyond the flu. There's that cold that so many people seem to have right now. And there's also the norovirus, the current media favorite for scaring the crap out of people.

In other news: wash your hands.

graph: Google Flu Trends

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