Technology writer David Pogue from The New York Times wondered during a recent illness, "Somebody should come up, then, with a Web 2.0 site where people could report what they're catching and what you can expect from it. You could see a map of your region and watch the red cloud or the blue cloud spread closer and closer to your neighborhood, the better to step up your hand washings. As you lay in bed, miserable, you'd know that at least you had only 24 hours to go. Or whatever."

"What a great idea," I think as I pass through an aisle at the office with hacking to me left and snorting to my right.

So, here's my less-fancy version of Pogue's proposition: If you've got a bug, send in your symptoms and your general location. You don't have to say who you are if you don't want, but tell us what you're going through, and, if you've been to the doc, what they've told you.

So, here's the skinny from my neck of the woods. Folks are feeling achy, snotty and fuzzy. Many are out for three or more days. I haven't asked for too many details, cuz I'm afraid my body might be listening.

Wash your hands, cough and sneeze into your elbow, no kissing on the job.

Be well.

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