Forecasting the Future of Flu

Influenza strikes every year, but every flu season is rife with uncertainty. In other words, it’s a lot like the weather–important to our lives, and hard to predict. For my new “Matter” column for the New York Times, I take a look at how flu researchers are borrowing the tools of weather forecasting to look into the future–with increasing accuracy. Check it out.

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  1. Mike Lewinski
    January 16, 2014

    I don’t know if you’re able to edit that text there, but I note one small typo:

    “Thati s a much better performance than previous methods, which weren’t based on computer models.”

    Also I noticed the smallpox vaccine scar in the photo they ran… I guess that’s going to be a thing of the past now? I’ve got one, but they don’t bother inoculating for it anymore do they?

  2. Anzar Abbas
    January 22, 2014

    You might be interested in a similar study we conducted here at Michigan State University about predicting sickness. Here it’s biosensors in clothes that may someday warn of an incoming sicknesses.

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