Anyway, my idea is for a webpage on the CDC website called “What Goes Around…” It would be linked to Facebook and there would be a smartphone app (perhaps you’ve heard of these). Anyway, sick people would fill out a brief questionnaire via phone or computer about their symptoms and also indicate whether or not they have been diagnosed by a doctor with a certain disease. This would then be plotted on a chart, and people could then hover over a map of the U.S. and see what other things (colds, flu, GI illness, allergies) are going around in their area. It would have a huge disclaimer about not being scientific, or medical advice, blah blah blah… But it could be a really cool thing to look at, and maybe, under the right circumstances, tip off a health department to illness trends.
If nothing else, the Internet has taught me that I have NO unique ideas (…HELLO, napping centers and Barcade…I thought of you first!!), so I’m sure you’ve thought of this and dismissed it, but I thought I’d share. Sorry to bother you with my rambling… Since you’ve made me watch your graphic anti-smoking commercials, I figure we’re almost even.