If you are wanting to know if the flu bug has invaded your neighborhood, a new phone app called Sickweather has been designed with you in mind. Founder and CEO Graham Dodge says they use the public’s help to track when there’s an outbreak of various illnesses from the common cold to the flu.
"In addition to people reporting directly to us, we're able to collect this data in much larger numbers like Twitter."
Dodge says the app can be valuable in helping determine what symptoms you have or maybe why you are feeling a little under the weather.
"If their child's fever is more likely due to strep or flu, or helps them to know when wash their hands maybe more vigorusly than they otherwise would of."
Dodge says the app will alert you when you are entering an area where there’s been a large of number of verified illnesses reported. He cites an example of a mother who did just that. The app reported that Strep Throat was in her area. Dodge says the value of the app became apparent the next day.
"Her son woke up with a high fever. No sore throat yet, but just the high fever. And because she had seen strep was going around in Sickweather, she took him in for a throat culture and he tested positive for strep."
The app is currently available on Google Play and the Apple store for free.