Tom Smith (filkertom) wrote,
Tom Smith
filkertom

Google Fu -- er, Flu

This is so clever, I can't believe it. As David Pogue in the NY Times puts it:
One of Google’s geniuses figured out that whenever people get sick, they use Google to search for more information. By collating these searches, Google has created an early-warning system for flu outbreaks in your area, with color-coded graphs. Google says that Flu Trends has recognized outbreaks two weeks sooner than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has.
Obviously, not perfect, but... damn, that's clever. Thanks to tristero at Hullabaloo for the heads-up.

Have you been sick this year? I tend to avoid the flu, but I've had stomach problems, a few allergies I didn't have a few years ago, and a little too much stress-related ick.
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