Flu watchers tap social media might
(MCT) — Dr. Andrea Dugas recalled widespread skepticism at a medical conference 10 years ago when she suggested that social media mentions and search volume could one day forecast flu activity.
"They would say, 'How can you use this social media to surveil flu data' and 'It's crazy' and 'You can't do that,'" said Dugas, a Johns Hopkins University professor who studies flu-tracking. "Now it's widely acceptable."
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