From the Queens Courier:
...MediSys is reporting patients with flu-like symptoms to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
“We saw a lot of patients in the last week-and-a-half,” said Dr. Robert Mittman, a Bayside immunologist in private practice.
He told The Courier that many of these were teachers and nurses from Saint Francis Prep and P.S. 177, and that most were fairly symptomatic, but none was very sick.
Only the “very sick” are to be swabbed for swine flu, according to Mittman.
Why? Wouldn't you want to identify the virus before the person gets to the "very sick" point and infects God knows how many others?
P.S. This health care crisis with an epicenter in Queens was perfectly timed to follow the closing of 2 of our hospitals, dontcha think?