Google to help medics plan flu response

2017-11-12 02:00:09

WHEN the next flu outbreak begins, the first alert may come from a flurry of Google searches. Google Flu Trends, created by the company’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, provides daily estimates of the number of flu cases in the US, based on trends in flu-related internet searches such as queries about symptoms. The estimates made by Google’s new software match the weekly flu statistics compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from doctors’ reports,