Hoping sick mob will blog
September 2nd, 2009

Another reason here for bloggers to be in pajamas: it will help slow down an epidemic if we blog about it when we get sick. So says this report today in the Washington Post:

Say you feel sick, but before you see a doctor you search the Web for information, or blog or Twitter about the flu. Your worries will be detected by companies prowling the Internet for disease trends.

If you actually come down with the flu, and the doctors want to know who you’ve been in physical contact with, your trusty cellphone could soon tell them.

And someday, scientists hope, this “infodemiology” might help forecast and track a flu epidemic the way experts monitor the weather.

As health officials gear up for the flu season amid the global H1N1 pandemic, technology and new forms of Internet social interaction are transforming how such outbreaks are monitored.

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