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Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

Updated : February 20, 2020 03:22 PM IST

The first public alert outside China about the novel coronavirus came on Dec. 30 from the automated HealthMap system at Boston Children's Hospital.
Four hours before the HealthMap notice, New York epidemiologist Marjorie Pollack had already started working on her own public alert, spurred by a growing sense of dread after reading a personal email she received that evening.
Early warning systems that scan social media, online news articles and government reports for signs of infectious disease outbreaks help inform global agencies such as the World Health Organization
Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

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