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Online Symptom Checkers Can’t Replace The Real-Life Doc Just Yet
National Public Radio

We’ve all been there before: headache, dizziness, sore throat. Uh-oh! Better Google the symptoms or maybe try WebMD’s online symptom checker to see what’s wrong.

But how accurate are these online symptoms checkers, anyway?

Turns out, millions of people are entrusting their health to some pretty lousy diagnostic systems.

Researchers tested 23 online symptom checkers and found that the correct diagnosis was provided first on a list of potential illnesses only about a third of the time. That means symptom checkers are spitting out wrong diagnoses two-thirds of the time.

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