Twitter can predict where FLU outbreaks will occur and could help doctors prepare for busy times

by theonlynewsman

Twitter can predict where FLU outbreaks will occur and could help doctors prepare for busy times

  • Geography experts believe Twitter could help medical professionals learn where and when severe flu outbreaks are occurring in real time
  • San Diego State University researchers recorded 161,821 tweets containing the word ‘flu’ and 6,174 containing ‘influenza’ for their study
  • They discovered that nine out of 11 cities studied showed a ‘significant’ correlation between tweets about flu and the rates of flu-like illnesses

By Sarah Griffiths

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