We're heading toward the end of January, when many people are starting to lose the resolve they had to change their lives starting on the first of the year. I know a lot of people resolve to quit smoking. I sure did. Over and over again.
When I was a kid, I used to love it when my grandmother would tell me to put on a sweater or I'd catch cold, allowing me to snottily retort that "Viruses cause colds, not temperature!" (I was such an insufferable child. It's a wonder I was allowed to live.) But the truth is, my grandmother may have been right.
A few years ago, Google rolled out a tool called Google Flu Trends. It sounds silly, but Google turns out to be a surprisingly accurate predictor of flu cases worldwide. And according to Google Flu Trends, this is shaping up to be the worst flu season in decades.
January is norovirus season, as Britain is currently well aware: The Guardian recently reported that over 1.1 million people had been stricken with the four-day vomiting and diarrhea festival that is an infection by the Norwalk virus.