I was talking to a friend who is in NHS management in London last night and he was casting doubt over the number of genuine cases of swine flu that there have been. There seem to be very strong suspicions that there have actually been relatively few real cases but that a lot of people have self-diagnosed and reported themselves as sick in order to get a buckshee week off work. Thinking about this, I only know one person who has even claimed to have had it, and that was way back in June. About six weeks ago, I seem to remember hearing on the radio that Swine Flu had now reached pandemic proportions, with an infection rate predicted to be 100,000 new cases every day. Nevertheless, life seems to be going on much as usual. So the question is, another media-led panic which has cost the taxpayer billions, or just something that's faded from the headlines because it's so commonplace?