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Original Air Date: Oct 12, 2015



Sickweather App


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The flu season is right around the corner and taking steps to avoid those that are infected is always a good idea.

Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, an app called Sickweather scans social networks and collects reports from users near you for signs of an outbreak.

It allows you to check for the chance of sickness in an area as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.

Sickweather searches for Facebook and Twitter posts like "I'm sick," "the doc says I have bronchitis" and "My son has chicken pox."

Public posts that include location information get added to the report database in real-time along with reports of other users of the app.

They detected the early start of the flu season six weeks ahead of the CDC in 2012, so this app could be just what the doctor ordered!

The Sickweather app is available for iPhone and Android users or you view live map online at http://sickweather.com

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