Microsoft has unveiled a new online tool, developed by Emory University, to help you decide whether your flu-like symptoms warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. This is a major issue for many people, as doctors’ visits can be frustrating circuses of waiting rooms, vague advice, and traveling from point A to point B when you feel sick and run-down. Not to mention expensive. Not to mention a great place to catch some other bug.
So in theory, this H1N1 Flu Self-Assessment questionnaire is a helpful tool that might help you rest easier as you rest up.
I just took the quiz, though, concocting a make-believe (thank God) malaise to see where the quiz falls on my personal common sense-o-meter. I told it that I don’t have a measurable fever, but I “feel feverish.” I said I have a cough or sore throat, but no chest pain, shortness of breath, or vomiting. I said I am dizzy when I stand up, and I’d only felt sick for less than 24 hours.
And here’s what it told me: “Based on your answers, you probably have the flu and you might be very sick [underline theirs]. Call your doctor now!”
As much as I believe that serious symptoms should be taken seriously, to me this was way over the “alarmist” line. My theoretical illness should be put to bed with a bowl of soup and a pile of blankets, not whipped up into an anxious frenzy and woozily driven to the doctor’s office!
Do you think swine flu reaction is too trigger-happy? Or would you head for the doc’s with the symptoms I described above?
To try the questionnaire, click here.
For a gallery of swine flu prevention tips, click here.
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