When you want to know the weather forecast, we can turn to our mobile devices to show us the weather in real-time and even look at the Doppler radar to see what is coming our way. A company out of Baltimore, Sickweather, Inc. wondered why that same theory could not be applied to real-time diseases…so they developed the Sickweather App, which acts like a Doppler radar map to show you where there are 23 different types of symptoms and illnesses. Sickweather was actually able to identify the early start of the 2012 Flu Season six weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Between the iOS version that works with the Apple Watch App, and the Android version that integrates to Samsung's S-Health, Sickweather is now processing over 6 million reports of illness each month – this also incorporates illnesses reported on social media, the Sickweather community and Sickweather partner apps. Graham Dodge, CEO of Sickweather says, "With this data increase, our sample size has tripled, improving our accuracy and making Sickweather the largest illness crowdsourcing community of its kind. Not to mention that Sickweather is already the earliest outbreak warning available to the public."
Sickweather will provide you with real-time alerts whenever you enter a 'Sick Zone,' or an area where others have recently reported being sick. The illnesses and symptoms you can report are – Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Chicken Pox, Common Cold, Cough, Croup, Ear Infection, Fever, Fifth Disease, Flu, Hand Foot and Mouth, Man Flu, Nasal Congestion, Norovirus, Pink Eye, Pneumonia, RSV, Sinus Infection, Sore Throat, Stomach Virus, Strep Throat and Whooping Cough. Not only can you report those, but you can also setup alerts based on any one of them.
Sickweather says that "Some viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 48 hours and can have a viral life cycle of 2 weeks, so we color-code more recent reports as RED within 1 day, ORANGE within 2 days, YELLOW within 1 week, and we include reports as old as 2 weeks in BLUE." Sickweather also has a Home Screen Widget powered by SickScore – it analyzes contagious diseases found in over 2 million reports to keep your on-screen widget up-to-date, so you can determine, at a glance, the illnesses near your device. Just be advised that having your GPS turned on all of the time will be detrimental to your battery life. You can pick up the app at the Google Play Store for free. It is very easy to setup and begin using the app…you may just be surprised at how many 'Sick' areas there are around your location.