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What’s your morning routine? Mine is getting up, letting the dog out, starting the coffee, letting the dog back in, then checking the weather on my phone.
Why do I check the weather first thing? Well because knowing what the weather is around me helps me plan my day. Maybe the roads are bad. Maybe I’ve got outdoors activities that have to be done. Is it nice now but going to rain later? Knowing the weather is just so useful in so many ways.
Too bad you don’t have the same sort of information about sickness. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that there was a stomach bug on it’s way, or that half the town is down with a respiratory issue? Well, with the new SickWeather app you can!
It all started when Graham Dodge (the CEO and co-founder of SickWeather) was battling a stomach virus a few years ago.
“I didn’t know if something was going around or if it was food poisoning, so I went on Facebook to see if any of my friends were experiencing the same symptoms,” Dodge told Mashable. “Sure enough, I found a friend nearby who had also posted the same symptoms. It occurred to me that what I was doing could be done on a much larger scale using the APIs for Facebook and Twitter.”
And that’s what he did! Sickweather searches Twitter and Facebook for public reports of sickness–phrases such as “my son has a high fever” get counted and ones like “I have Bieber fever” don’t. There are about 600,000 mentions each month that the app through and plots on the Sickweather map.
Sickweather doesn’t have to rely just on social media mentions–you can also anonymously add your own reports to the map. The app is searchable by location–so you can see what’s going on in areas you are traveling to. It would be nice to know it’s cold and flu season, or that lots of folks are suffering from allergies before you get to your vacation location!
You can set the app to send you alerts for sickness in your area, check and share “forecasts” based on the top trending illnesses in your area, see a map that shows the direction of illness in the country over the last 5 days (which is pretty cool) and even check for specific conditions or “grouped” conditions like ‘Childhood,’ ‘Environmental’ or ‘Gastrointestinal.’
The app alerts you when you enter a “Sick Zone”. I know we all should try our best to have good hygiene during cold and flu season, but knowing that you are in an area where lots of folks are sick might remind you to use that hand sanitizer on the kids a little more frequently.
When you see a “sick cloud” icon on the map, it will display what type of symptom has been reported, when and where. If you click on the little “i” that shows on the right hand side, the app will give you a definition of that symptom.
If you don’t have a smartphone to access the free mobile app you can always sign up for the Sickweather Alerts via email and be notified as soon as possible.
It seems to me this app would be especially useful for those who have compromised immune systems for any reason, or for individuals with chronic diseases like asthma who want to avoid folks who have a high incidence of respiratory illnesses etc.
Here’s a video from last year (I think it’s from before the app was developed) showing how Sickweather works.
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Sickweather website: http://www.sickweather.com
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