Hey everyone! I know this doesn’t exactly fall into the purpose of the blog, but still good information to know.
Source: Christina Warren (Download Squad)
Forgive us for laughing at a potential pandemic, but this swine flu hysteria is getting a little bit out of hand. Taking proper precautions is one thing, shutting down schools, wearing masks that don’t do anything everywhere and banning pork (that isn’t contaminated and doesn’t spread the disease anyway) is just silly.
Ridiculous or not, with all the buzz about H1N1 on TV, Twitter and from hypochondriac friends and family, distilling the correct information can be difficult.
Thus, we present the Download Squad guide to Swine Flu ’09:
Official Agency Sites:
CDC H1N1 Page — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (located in Atlanta, holla!) is a great source for H1N1 information for individuals and communities. The site is frequently updated and links to other world agencies and organizations.
PandemicFlu.gov — This site is maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and aggregates information from the CDC, WHO and other organizations.
World Health Organization — The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) has a dedicated H1N1 site with media information, latest news and official WHO reports. The WHO also has a Twitter feed.
Food and Agriculture Organization — Similarly, the UN’s FAO is focussed on background information on H1N1, and is monitoring the situation.
Miscellaneous News Sites:
Swine-flu.Alltop.com — Alltop’s mashup of H1N1 information includes not only agency sources, but major news coverage from sources like the New York Times and USA Today, as well as social streams from places like Twitter, WordPress.com and other social networks.
Open Directory Project — The Open Directory Project has some resources if you’re into accessing the Internet a la Yahoo! in 1996.
Google Flu Trends — Google Flu Trends, which is still in development is tracking swine flu cases in the US and in Mexico
HealthMap.org — HealthMap.org has a color-coded map (using the Google API) that is frequently updated and shows outbreaks and cases all over the world.
Ushahidi — Social powered site Ushahidi has a Swine Flu outbreak map too.
Google Maps — This user-created Google Map is frequently updated and includes more specific outbreak information, easily viewable by location.
Videos, Podcasts and others:
iPhone app (coming soon) — According to Tech Crunch, an iPhone app tracking the Swine Flu is on the way. Now this is just getting stupid.
Muppets: I couldn’t resist. Some of my favorite, “wash your hands” themed Sesame Street sketches. Check out Gordon #1 and freakadelic Big Bird in clip one!