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Monday Musings: Saving or Endangering Lives?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Credited with speed and efficiency, HealthMap is fast becoming a whistleblower on disease outbreaks before official announcements are made by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. Although designed to be helpful in identifying outbreaks, HealthMap also serves to incite fear into the general populace especially with the website being publicly assessible. How would a person suffering from pathophobia, handle themselves with the knowledge of this website’s existence? If it is providing information faster than approved government agencies and traditional PSAs, does that undermine the trust we place in these agencies?

Just some food for thought…hmmm, minus the salmonella.

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