I recently received the 2009 Annual Report of my county’s general health district. Splashed on the front page is the headline, “H1N1 Flu Campaign Breaks Local Records.” Wow. I didn’t realize the flu had such an impact in central Ohio. Or did it?
Turns out the records were not cases of the flu — there were only 29 of those throughout the year. No, the records set were these (from the front page of the annual report):
All for 29 cases. In a county of over 160,000 residents.
H1N1 certainly had an impact — it allowed the specter of big government to further haunt the soul of a once proud, independent region.