Confirmation of Swine Flu As Pandemic Makes Scientists Go ‘Meh’


Yesterday, H1N1 (a.k.a. the porcine plague) was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Rather than the pandemonium and panic we’ve come to expect from news relating to swine flu, leading scientists mostly reacted with droll boredom. (Kind of like how we reacted yesterday when we realized that cough we all have is actually H1N1.) “For all intents and purposes, the United States government has been in Phase 6 of the pandemic for some time now,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, the new head of the CDC, practically yawning. “This is not a surprise.” [NYT]