Ever get the feeling that news of the H1N1 virus has quietly exited the stage – like so many hogs shunted off to the old Chicago stockyards? Perhaps not if you're one of the estimated 50 million or more who've weathered the virus since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. But the public frenzy over this virus has certainly died down, and word from some experts is the pandemic is so far milder than expected. So how to interpret this good news? Could H1N1 have been overhyped all along? Or is a little bit of frenzy the best way to keep the pigs in the pen? For some answers, we turn now to Dr. Mark Dworkin
, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a former Illinois state epidemiologist.