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Google searches, social media map out flu cases across Canada

Google searches, social media map out flu cases across Canada | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it
As an unusually intense flu season grips much of North America, tracking the flu has become a lot easier online, thanks to Google and social media.

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Shirley A Williams's curator insight, January 10, 2013 5:20 PM

An interesting article on how Google's analysis of the search of "flu' related words are being used as a indicator for flu outbreaks.

 

A  Baltimore-based start-up is using social media networks to gauge where people are suffering from the flu, by tracking Facebook and Twitter posts.

Sickweather.com says it can detect flu infection patterns before health authorities do by looking at real-time posts from people complaining about being sick or going to see the doctor.

 

A very promising concept that can be a valuable tool for detecting public disease outbreaks.

 

7/10

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How Google can predict your flu-related hospital visit

How Google can predict your flu-related hospital visit | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it

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Google Flu Trends has become a public health tool.

Four years ago, Google launched Google Flu Trends, which estimates the prevalence of flu outbreaks based on how many people are searching for things like “fever” or “flu medication.” The search metrics have tracked incredibly closely with Center for Disease Control data....

 

Google: slowly assimilating everything you do.


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