In our fearful times of global epidemic, the Flu Wiki comes just in time to save the day. The major proponent of fear is the lack of knowledge, and having a place where people can instantly contribute the latest news on flu developments give us an incredible chance of survival. The wiki’s been a popular hit with up to 5,000 hits per day, and to prevent future downtime, Flu Wiki has received sponsorship by their web host, TextDrive.
While I admire the brilliance of Flu Wiki’s creator, Melanie Mattson, also a 52-year-old writer who specializes in risk communication, I also realize that the battle isn’t just against Flu alone.
The issues of displacing trust and running against political agenda are matters they face everyday. Melanie and her anonymous Flu Wiki contributors sometimes make recommendations that run against those sanctioned by the Bush administration (See related Wired article). Now comes the question of who’s more right: Flu Wiki or the U.S. Govt?
Ultimately, Flu Wiki looks incredibly useful, but as always, take anyone’s advice with a grain of salt.
UPDATE: DemfromCT sent me some useful Fluwiki links which shows how experts collaborate on preparation recommendations for the possible pandemic. The consensus seems pretty worrying, so read on.