Harnessing the power of social media for timely epidemic detection

Harnessing the power of social media for timely epidemic detection

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In a generation that is more likely to go online to answer general health questions, social media has tremendous potential to be used for early detection and monitoring of disease outbreaks.
25 Nov 2016 - General
Social media can be helpful and sometimes otherwise. For it is mentioned in the article that results may alter for it can be mistakenly calculated. Like for an instance that "fever" may detect false positive result such as "beiber fever", etc. So, I believe that it is still better to monitor outbreaks through traditional surveillance. Apart from that i think they can use social media accounts as another option for an outbreak surveillance. Just to have an accurate and reliabl...
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The article leads to an important question: Can social media be used as a reliable data collection tool for detecting infectious disease outbreaks? I am in agreement with the author that for now, it has its limitations because keywords can be confusing and not everyone is using the same language. Although majority of people have a social media account, it is still not representative of an entire population. Perhaps what can be done is to study a location wherein a substantial number of the popul...
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Social media has gained an undeniable power over the last few years. Reflecting people’s daily life directly, online communications can provide precious primary data for epidemiologists. On the other hand, fears and rumours about outbreaks and epidemics can quickly spread out of control on the social media. That is why it is better to consider social media as a double edged sword. Healthcare services should put more effort on how to maximize the benefit from social media in favour of raising the...
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