How many sick people are near you? There’s an app for that!
Would you like to know how many people are sick near you? The answer is as close as your smartphone or computer, thanks to a company called Sickweather.
Sickweather tracks and maps reports of illness on Twitter and Facebook. The forecast represents the top trending illnesses reported in any given area. The maps may show clusters of activity as represented by orange polygons, or individual reports as represented by blue “SICK” map markers.
Sickweather provides online reports and an iPhone app that scans social networks for indicators of illness, and maps real time data on more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses.
Sickweather launched their beta website in November 2011, and now qualifies over 600,000 reports of illness each month. In 2012, they were recognized among “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured on the Today Show for successfully identifying the early start of the 2012 Flu Season six weeks before the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
For the week of May 12, the illnesses going around Los Angeles are allergies, the common cold and fever.
Animated 5-Day Allergies Map: http://sick.io/yrxit
Animated 5-Day Common Cold Map: http://sick.io/5n1es
Animated 5-Day Fever Map: http://sick.io/uim3l
Download the iPhone app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sickweather/id741036885?mt=8