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Swine Flu Report Archive: Rumors

Swine Flu -- Experts or Crowdsourcing?

Google has drawn a lot of attention for presenting a map of the swine flu outbreak. (It has received more than 1.2 million hits.) Some reports suggest this map has been more popular than maps presented by the Centers for...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 4, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  New Cases , Opinions , Rumors  
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Should Joe Biden be VP of Las Vegas?

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Las Vegas has found a creative way to capitalize on the swine flu outbreak. In full page newspaper ads running today, the state known for fun and games pokes a bit of fun at Vice...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 4, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rumors  
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Google Tracks the Flu

Google is trying to use technology to track the spread of the flu. The search engine itself warns that the best data are going to come from the CDC, but it's an interesting experiment. There is some evidence that there...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 1, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Opinions , Prevention , Rumors  
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School Closings -- Smart Move or Panic?

Hundreds of schools nationwide are closing and sending kids home, as this Washington Post article details. But is this smart? It can superficially seem like the right thing to do, but how do we know this is (a) not an...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  April 30, 2009; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Opinions , Rumors , Schools  
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Biden's Crack About Airplane Germs

The Air Transport Association, an industry trade group that represents U.S. Airlines, is livid at Vice President Biden's suggestion Thursday that germs are easily spread inside the cabin of an airliner. “You’re in a confined aircraft,” Biden said on NBC’s...

By Michael E. Ruane  |  April 30, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Rumors  
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Swine Flu -- or H1N1 Influenza A

The WHO and governments around the world are trying their best to change the way the media refer to swine flu – they want to call it H1N1 Influenza A. That is much wordier than swine flu and the simpler...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  April 30, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  History , Rumors  
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