This year, Australia has suffered through one of its worst flu seasons in history. There were 166,000 cases of the flu through September (their flu season lasts through October) which was up from 91,000 for all of 2016. Over 300 deaths were attributed to the flu in Australia this year, including many people who were apparently healthy. Tragic as this was in Australia, is this a concern for Canada? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.
Last week, Globe and Mail health columnist Andre Picard sparked something of a firestorm on Twitter. Shocked by a tweet from my colleague Dr. Joy Hataley that showed a 4.5-year wait for a neurology appointment, he requested that people post their stories of unduly long wait times on Twitter, along with #CanadaWAITS. In short order #CanadaWAITS started trending on Twitter. Patients and physicians started tweeting out stories of ridiculously long wait times. Do you have lung trouble?
In a recent blog I had written about the Barer-Stoddart report. This report was widely blamed for suggesting that medical school enrollment in Canada could be reduced by 10 per cent in the early 1990s. However, a more detailed look at the report reveals some interesting parallels to 2017. Barer-Stoddart is not online, as it predates the internet. I read it, and what's really important to remember is that there were numerous recommendations, all of which had to be done in order.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".