The Kid Should See This

Catching Up With Flu: Using the Web as an early warning signal

When sick people search the Web for remedies or tweet about their symptoms, they’re sending an early warning signal about disease outbreaks. Now scientists and public health officials are listening in.

NPR‘s Catching Up with Flu explores the perils, power, and benefits of networks and our interconnectedness, both physical and virtual. And though our illnesses can easily spread through these physical connections, so can our understanding of these connections through data analysis. Today, technology can help reveal disease outbreaks faster than 20th-century methods.

early data clues
File under: Epidemiology, “the study of the distribution and patterns of health-events, health-characteristics and their causes or influences in well-defined populations.”

internet searches
internet searches on a graph
The video is also great illustration of why we cover our mouths when we sneeze or cough. Watch this next: The beautiful physics and math of sneezes.

Also: How To See Germs Spread (Coronavirus) with Mark Rober.

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Microgrids: A fix for our unreliable power grids?

Rion Nakaya

How does your immune system work?

Rion Nakaya

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics, & Biology

Rion Nakaya

Mapping whale songs in the South Pacific

Rion Nakaya

Evolutionary branching in action: Bacteria adapt to antibiotics

Rion Nakaya

Can fractals help us understand the universe?

Rion Nakaya

Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten (1977)

Rion Nakaya

The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world

Rion Nakaya

What’s the right way to wash your hands?

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe