Tracking Sickness with Social Media, Internet Searches

Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick
Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who’s Sick
Public health issues like influenza, Ebola, the common cold, foodborne illnesses, and HIV are being tracked via internet information obtained from web searches, online news, restaurant rating websites, and social media for greater knowledge of rates and trends in infection.

What if you could track people getting sick just by analyzing how they surf the Web? Researchers from Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried that back in 2009. They linked the number of Google searches for flu-like symptoms with the percentage of doctor’s visits related to the flu.

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