A federal public health official said Tuesday the approximately 5,000 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in the United States is “a great underestimate” and the actual number may be about 20 times as high as that number.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Science and Public Health Program, told NPR that the number of flu cases is probably about 100,000, but most of those who have been sickened by the virus haven’t been tested and are not part of the daily reports.
via Official: Flu Cases Likely Much Higher Than Reported : NPR.
I think I might have caught it. I have had the flu for the last two days, with a fever and achy joints. I slept through most of yesterday. I feel better today, though I still have a sore throat. Given that the regular flu season is over, and I have been riding the metro every day last week and some earlier this week, there is a good chance I was exposed.
Really though, no big deal. I’ve had worse flus than this.