The New England Journal of Medicine has provided a map which shows confirmed cases of Swine Flu, as well as confirmed deaths from the virus from both formal and informal sources.

The map below shows the reported confirmed deaths from official sources in the United States from April 1 – September 9.


Now compare that to the map below, which shows the confirmed deaths reported from informal sources within the same time frame.


The number of confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus has increased over the past couple of months.  The next map pinpoints the cases that have been confirmed and reported by official sources (such as the CDC) between April 1 and September 9.


There is a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of Swine Flu reported from informal sources (shown below).


A side-by-side comparison of the reported findings from both official sources and informal (media) sources makes for an interesting debate.  Which map(s) are most effective in regards to:
• showing the H1N1 virus’ progress through certain geographic locations?
• broadening the number of possibilities that could interrupt a business and its operations?
• motivating businesses to create and/or undertake revisions to their continuity planning in order to be properly prepared?