Kudos to the Centers for Disease Control for marching onto the Internet to share information related to swine flu with us. For those who are looking for information, there are several ways to track the latest:
(Note: not an inclusive list, so if readers know others, let me know and I'll add them for everybody)
Home Pages on the Web:
- CDC Swine Flu Site Contains the latest information, including numbers of cases reported and advisories to protect yourself. You can RSS feed or get email updates as our understanding of what's happening progresses.
- Video/Podcast short features from the CDC's influenza division explaining the symptoms, signs, and potential treatments for the illness
- Widget code to embed and follow developments with
- Ecards Seriously, send Pig Pen or any of your other less hygenic friends a Hallmark to remind them to wash their hands
- Flikr See what's new and old (there was a 1976 swine flu oubreak) at the Agency's photostream
Twitter CDC is Tweeting, which is how I found about both the White House Briefing and last Friday's briefing, on two different sites. They usually alert folks to any live events and briefing they'll be holding ahead of time
- White House Blog With a transcript of today's press briefing
- Google Maps Someone, somewhere is tracking cases at Google Maps. At this point, it's not clear who is and how accurate it may be, however.
The point here is a good one: keeping the public up to date and informed, and doing it in a way that prevents any widespread panic. Many of the sites also are available in Spanish, as is the CDC hotline at 1-800-232-4636.