H1N1 Update: Microsoft Knows if You Have Swine Flu
Microsoft and Emory University have brought you an H1N1 calculator. If you’re worried you have the flu, answer a few simple questions, and it will help you decide what to do next. It’s like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel, but I’ll save you a click and spoil the ending: the calculator always recommends you should see a doctor.
You might find the calculator useful, but don’t substitute it for common sense. Remember that most cases of the flu resolve on their own, with or without a doctor’s visit and prescription for Tamiflu, but that rarely people can have serious complications. Pay attention to what your body is telling you, not an Internet calculator or this website.
I wrote a column about the H1N1 vaccine. And while I’m engaged in blatant self-promotion, check out my column about a cocaine vaccine–I think this is one of the most interesting advances in medicine this year, with fascinating implications for the legal, educational, and public health care systems.
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