Letters: Internet diagnosis may mask swine flu spread

At the weekend I developed a cold. I consulted the pandemic flu website, truthfully answered the questions and was surprised to be diagnosed with swine flu.

All I needed to qualify for Tamiflu was a cough and a runny nose.

If I were a lay person, I would have been misled into taking medicines I didn't need and into accepting a diagnosis that I did not have.

Diagnosis and prescription by internet is inappropriately medicalising thousands of people and quite possibly massaging the true number of swine flu cases.

Dr Lisa Silver, Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire.

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