Flu is one of the most common communicable diseases. Smartphone apps related to health and fitness are increasing day by day and pharma companies are entering into the app world. Novartis released an android app which is called as “wheresflu”. As the name suggests, the app is designed to give you information of flu in your neighborhood by mapping your location or entering zip code.
Wheresflu app gives you the flu information in your area as well as lists top five most affected areas in the US. It categorizes the flu conditions as low, moderate, high and severe. You can download the Wheresflu app free on your android phone. Basically app gets its information from the SDI FAN database, which, as Wheresflu describes it, ranks geographic flu activity as follows:
- Low: 0-5% population affected
- Moderate: 5-10%
- High: 10-15%
- Very High: >15%
This Novatris app was not...
well received by many smartphone app analysts. The information was not deemed accurate, as in one instance it showed flu activity of 25-50% as moderate. It may give you a bulk park idea of the flu activity in your area. I would not totally depend on it. Take the recommended precautions from flu and be safe.