Like every other sniffling news-consuming panicker in the country, I today tried to log on to the NHS Direct site, only to find it appears to be down. According to NHS Direct’s twitter account, which currently has 853 health-conscious followers, the tech team are aware of the problem and working on it. The one clear message coming from the government at the moment is to stay at home and log on to use the flu-checker if worried. But just as things start to get interesting in the life of the swine flu virus, one of the prime tools for coping with the crisis is failing to do just that, with what appears to be a server having problems dealing with increased traffic. But then again, I’m not a doctor.
Perhaps they can switch to dishing out diagnoses via Twitter instead? A stern warning that medical advice can’t be given using the microblogging service is currently to be seen – but what’s the harm in giving it a go, eh?
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