Summary Box: Fighting a pandemic digitally: News about threats move faster than virusBy AP
Monday, February 15, 2010
Summary Box: Fighting pandemics in digital age
WHAT’S NEW: IPhone apps, social networks, Wikipedia and flu-tracking sites allow people to share information, shape conversations and keep tabs on health threats like never before.
HOW IT HELPS: By disseminating information quickly, people could be warned about outbreaks such as the swine flu sooner and take preventative measures.
HOW IT HURTS: Unreliable or false reports could lead to mass panic.
Tags: Diseases And Conditions, Epidemics, Infectious Diseases, Public Health