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University of Toronto St. George
Human Biology

Lab 1: H5H1 News Bulletin Outbreak There is a study that found that online social media and news feeds were faster than and broadly as accurate as, the official records at detecting the start and early progress of the epidemic Healthmap an automated surveillance platform, to measure the volume of news media generated during first 100 days of the outbreak and also looked at the number of cholera posts on twitter-> found that as the official number of cases increased and decrease, so did the volume of informal media reports about cholera Scientist emphasized that these informal reports were available online up to two weeks before official government reports, which had to go through traditional chain of command structure to public health This means they could be used to get earlier estimates of disease outbreak Gain early insight to an evolving epidemic and help plan a response soon Scientists also highlighted that using informal media is cost effective, rapid and can be used to reach populations that otherwise wouldn’t have access to traditional healthcare or would not seek it It was told that twitter were useful for connecting ground responders to each other, but warned that they may not work as a primary source of information on outbreaks to those involved in ground detection Social media reports were often inaccurate due to the geographic bias of journalists because most of them are biased in capital city Informal data sources could be biased towards urban or developed areas and certain age groups and may contain false alerts, which has to be taken on board It
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