It's starting to seem that, at least from a Seattle perspective, "yawn" might have been the most correct answer during this definitive series of online swine flu panic polling.

But when, exactly, did swine flu stop being a terrifying calamity for all of humanity and turn into a much less panic-inducing (but perhaps still Purell-selling) problem?

Did you know that it was imminently played out on Wednesday, April 29, when the World Health Organization upped the global threat level to 5, declaring an imminent pandemic? Or on Thursday, April 30, when Joe Biden started telling people to stay off planes and suspected swine flu turned up in Seattle? How about Friday, May 1, when Madrona elementary was closed because of one student with suspected swine flu and the number of confirmed U.S. cases stood at 141? Or was it on Saturday, May 2, when the number of suspected cases in the Seattle area kept rising even as the WHO said there was no sign of the flu spreading outside of North America and Mexico said its number of real cases could end up being half of what had been suspected? Perhaps it was Sunday, May 3, when it was increasingly pointed out that the vast majority of cases in the U.S. are mild? Or maybe it was yesterday, Monday, May 4, when the number of probable swine flu cases in the Seattle area continued to rise somewhat but officials announced that all nine closed schools in the region would reopen? Or was it today?

Well? When did you know? Because you knew before everyone else, right?

When, exactly, did swine flu jump the pork?


(Thanks to the awesome New York Times swine flu tracker for help with the timeline.)