The best common-sense approach to evaluating the potential swine-flu epidemic is to stay well informed.
Here's tonight's update from the Centers for Disease Control, which lists 91 cases and one death in the United States.
In an average year, about 30,000 people, mostly old people, die from complications of everyday seasonal flu. So this may not look so serious.
But as the CDC says tonight: "More recent illnesses and the reported death suggest that a pattern of more severe illness associated with this virus may be emerging in the U.S. Most people will not have immunity to this new virus and, as it continues to spread, more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths are expected in the coming days and weeks."