Many health professionals are concerned about the accuracy of health information patients access online, but a new study has found these online searches may actually be beneficial for tracking one disease in particular: influenza. A real-time count of how many patients have the disease at any given time can be highly useful to clinicians. For example, it can serve to estimate how likely the disease is to spread in a given year as well as indicate which strains are circulating most. Here’s what you need to know:
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