Is Swine Flu Ebbing?

By Sadie Bass

Nov 20, 2009 2:11pm

Well, it just might be.  Our ABC News medical unit has been calling around to hospitals across the country…some 3 dozen in all…and are finding that the worst may be behind us

Remember that hospital in Austin, Texas – Dell’s Medical Center — that was using special tents to handle the crush of parents and children coming in with flulike symptoms?  Those tents have been taken down, the crush has eased. 

The CDC says cases overall are down for the past two weeks.  All of this comes with a big caveat.  The public health community says history shows us that swine flu can ease and then rear back up later.  And the CDC continues to highly encourage people (most especially in the high risk groups) to get vaccinated as soon as is possible. 

But you will recall those dire, worst case scenarios that were outlined back in August.  It was believed then that half of the US population MIGHT come down with Swine Flu and that as many as 90,000 deaths COULD result.  Thankfully that worst case scenario – thus far – is proving to be overblown.   

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