Like me, you are probably hearing conflicting opinions about how serious this swine flu epidemic is. One of the guys at the club this morning said he thought it was a made-for-TV crisis. On the other hand, the World Health Organization said it has spread beyond containment and our best hope is that it burns itself out before it develops into a full-blown pandemic. The fact is that nobody knows what will come of it. In the meantime, I suggest we keep a close eye on it. This chart from the New York Time will help.