Forecast for today? Coughing, common cold, with some allergies floating around today. When i first started using the Sickweather app, the first thing that came to my mind was Trapster, the app that alerts drivers to cops that may be scouting the area or for possible DUI Checkpoints. Areas one would definitely want to avoid.
Sickweather has a similar concept. Following the success on the iOS platform, this app is now available for dedicated Android users. It uses a patent-pending process to provide real-time alerts to avoid sick zones. The app has a very simple design. When the app is opened, it zooms in on your location and shows you what sickness is around the area.
Of course, in order for this app to be effective, users need to report illnesses and can do so directly within the app and anonymously. When a user or user’s friend posts on social media he or she is sick, Sickweather will automatically post the estimated location on its map. Users can also tweet, facebook or text the forecast to let others know to be careful. Based on the severity of the virus and it’s life cycle, a color code has been established: RED within 1 day, Orange within 2 days, Yellow within a week, and Blue for as old as 2 weeks.
What we like:
Color coding shows severity of the illness in the area and proximity to users location.
The apps ability to scour user’s social media for reports of illness and posts it for you.
What we dislike:
Forcing users to sign in with a Facebook account. It is not necessary to have a Facebook account.
In order to be effective, it requires reports from other users.