By the Way, One in Ten of You Had Swine Flu

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Backstage at the tents.
Backstage at the tents. Photo: Getty Images

Last spring, 800,000 New Yorkers contracted the swine-flu virus, according to numbers released by the CDC yesterday. So roughly one out of every ten people had the illness. This makes us understand a little better why Mayor Bloomberg never wanted to count the number of cases here earlier in the year. Because NOW WE ARE TOTALLY PANICKING! The H1N1 virus, like the common cold or flu, will mutate slightly over time, so that even if you had it earlier this year, you could get it again. Sure, less than one one-hundredth of one percent of people here actually died from the disease. But at this rate, New York is going to become known as the pig-infection capital of America. We're all going to be like walking hogs. How are we going to get anybody to come here for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Or worse, Fashion Week?!