I wouldn’t put much faith in doctors Phil or Laura, either

Published May 19, 2020

In a story that is bound to be shocking to most of you, researchers at Australia’s Edith Cowan University have determined that online ‘symptom checkers’ are wrong most of the time.

The study analyzed 36 international mobile and web-based symptom checkers and found they produced the correct diagnosis as the first result just 36 percent of the time, and within the top three results 52 percent of the time.

Looks like you’ve got … dropsy? Or maybe scrumpox.

Should you seek urgent care? They’re right about 60 percent of the time. And they tend to send you to the ER more often than necessary, which is probably better than the opposite.

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