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Take a look at your Facebook news feed. In the last month or two, my Facebook feed has been filled of status after status, parent after parent, announcing that the sick bug has hit their house.
Last week my 7 year old came down with what we thought was the flu, he was sick for 5 days, it went away and then it came back. We decided to take him into the doctor last night and come to find out my little guy has strep throat. If only had I known what was going around, we could have taken him into the doctor’s office a little sooner.
Then I learned about the Sickweather app on my phone!
The Sickweather app is an illness map that will notify you when there are reports of sickness in your area. After installing Sickweather onto my phone, “Today’s Forecast” let me know that in fact strep throat has been going around my small town.
Of course, I was able to add in my own reports and notify the Sickweather app anonymously that someone in our home has strep throat too.
Here’s the cool part..
The user reporting tool not only adds a “Sick Cloud” to the app, it will also save all of my recordings under “My Reports” so we can keep track of our own family’s health.
The Sickweather app will let me investigate illness reporting a little closer by viewing specific illnesses on the map. You can choose to view a grouped illness like childhood, environmental or gastrointestinal, or it can be broken down even further by picking out a specific illness like strep throat.
Strep throat is categorized under respiratory illnesses, which you can see on this map of my town.
If you want even more details, click on the little blue “Sick Clouds” and it will display which symptom that has been reported and how long ago the report was.
As a mother, I really like the Sickweather app because I can take extra precautions when there is more reporting of certain illnesses around our town. The app will notify me with “Sick Zone” alerts, which could prompt more thorough hand washing and touching while out and about. And not only precautions, but if I had known that strep throat was really going around we would have been more attentive to our already sick child. We could have had antibiotics a few days ago, instead of 6 days into the illness.
Should have, could have, would have.. right?
At least we are prepared now!
And you can be too.
Visit the Sickweather website to download the app for phone.