Swine flu seems to be popping up all over the globe, and so is information (and misinformation) about it. Cooler heads prevail here at DVICE, where we've decided to use the power of technology and the Web to help us survive the deadly outbreak.
Here's where to find reliable information, and where not to go for updates:
First, check out the various maps that will be tracking the flu virus, some of which will be much more useful as more information becomes available:
This Swine Flu adaptation of Google Maps uses the familiar markers, each showing a case of the disease. The fatal cases lack a black dot inside the marker. This is the most useful map for the thus-far sporadic outbreak.
Google's had this flu trends site up for a couple of years now, and if this outbreak becomes more widespread, Google's state-by-state trends map will be more meaningful.
Health Map is another Google Maps mashup that takes the case markers concept a step further, quoting news stories from a variety of sources, and pointing to their origins.
WHO? The World Health Organization, that's who. Ignore all the cable-television babble and hear the information from the source, the World Health Organization's MP3 files of the latest press briefings.
Traveling somewhere? The Centers for Disease Control will show you travel notices, and of course, Mexico is on the warning list right now. From an international perspective, the United States is on the warning list, too.
Where not to go: Twitter is the perfect transmission medium for mob behavior, fearmongering and misinformation. Trust it for updates on what people had for breakfast and whatever funny thing the cat just did, but not for vital info about a serious flu pandemic.