Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine flu: useful links and tips

Mashable has a few useful links to follow the developments of this latest disease outbreak to which I would like to add my own suggestions. A word of caution, though: there are many vested interests involved and, consequently, a tendency to exaggerate and unnecessarily scare the public; keep this in mind, especially if you follow MSM sites (popular blogs are usually more reliable) or public timelines, and don’t panic!

1)  Get a twitter account: yes, twitter is the gossip and celebrities micro-blogging platform of choice but, if used correctly, also the best real-time news search engine there is. Once you have an account, you want to follow these:

While on twitter you can also search for #swineflu (with a pinch of salt, see above).

2) Google is of course also a good resource: you may want to set up a search (and relevant email alert) as follows: “

3) Detailed maps of the outbreak can be found here.

4) Of the official specialized sites, I would follow CDC (at the moment the most reliable) and WHO (pinch of salt here, too).

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