texas car title and payday loan houston tx
no credit check loans same day deposi
really poor credit payday loans
bk loans online
lloyds tsb internet loans
dr payday loan store on capital
title loans yuba city
national cash advance euclid ohio
ace payday loans faq
ly 2000 loan with monthly payment
cash advance loans in murfreesboro tn
cheap bank loan
il payday loans bloomington il
unsecured personal loans online instant decision
quicken loans relocation
payday advance loans costa m
payday loan statute of limitations
payday loan consolidation companie
quick cash in greenville ms
cash advance jesup ga
cash converters cash advance nz
wells fargo platinum visa cash advance fee
tn payday loans rogersville tn
direct loans economic hardship deferment request 2011
ns how to get a loan to pay off payday lo
wi payday loans in madison wiscon
are payday loans legal in 1
cash money loan
payday loans w
online payday loans for texas
low rates loan
your payday loan help scam
direct payday lenders with no fees
instant loans guaranteed acceptance
quicken loans chase building
payday loans fort wayne indi
payday loan tv commercial
payday loans that require no checking account
fl payday loans east grand forks
payday loans eugene oregon
how do you apply for a loan online
loans for beginning farmer
ace cash express almeda houston
payday loans preston hwy louisville ky
loan companies palmer with no credit chec
rs poor credit payday loans direct lender
low interest college loans parents
definition of short term loan
ns payday loans with no credit check charleston
illegal online payday loan companies in alabama
how to avail cash advance in eastwest credit card
payday loans massillon oh
how to make quick cash onlin
flm quick loans payday loan
can you have more than one payday loan at a time in illin
an old payday loan d
first cash direc
cash advance zero interest credit cards
delaware title loans elsmere
cheap loans u
payday nutrition
payday loans inman sc
alpine direct services llc payday loans
cash advance loans with no job
direct loan student consolidation
short term loans dayton ohio
texas payday loan disclosure
an first novus payday loans
payday loans easton md
er bridge payday loan revi
payday loans newnan ga
cash loan now pay later
payday loans staples mill rd richmond va
payday loans regulatory reform
an bond loans
fast payday loans 10
payday loan store appleton wi
need cash fast loan
ns banks offering unsecured loans
help payday loan
allied cash advance in hesperia ca
ameritrust cash advance cleveland tn
check cash advance
instant cash loans u
how does loan wor
fast cash loan online in the philippines
loan financing calculato
payday loans east peoria il
loans by text uk lenders
payday loans annapolis md
ace cash express careers texas
good payday loans reviews
ne payday loans direct loan company
an i can99999t find a payday l
long term loan no credit chec
personal loan rates california
ut payday loans no fee same day pay
line of credit loan onlin
santander cash advance fee visa debit
payday loan stores melbourne
Home » social media, web 2.0

Can Social Networking Prevent the Spread of Illness?

13 April 2013 No Comment

Can Social Networking Prevent the Spread of Illness?

Social media has a plethora of uses. New laptops (especially those using Windows 8), tablets, and mobile phones can all be used to keep tabs on friends living abroad, share photos of big moments, and forecast sickness. Forecast sickness?! Yes, the next time your son or daughter catches a cold or displays the early symptoms of influenza, instead of keeping them quarantined in the house, simply get online and see where outbreaks of the viruses are occurring and plan accordingly.

Can Social Networking Prevent the Spread of Illness?

Flickr User xlivexalivex

 

The aptly named Sickweather.com compiles illness-related information shared over Facebook and Twitter in order to track where the outbreaks are occurring. This comes as a real breath of fresh air for parents across the UK who might be worried about their kids catching a virus during flu season. Not surprisingly, the primary users of the online service are: parents with young children, business travelers, and elderly citizens.

Available in every English-speaking country and soon to be accessible in Spain and Latin America, the service lets users switch on their laptops, sign in and share exactly how they are feeling. Posts like “feeling sick today” or “the doc says I have strep throat” are aggregated into a massive database that uses an algorithm to track and subsequently map the data. Since location services run on the majority of computer systems, smartphones, and tablets, social media websites represent a wealth of information that can be used for tracking outbreaks of illness. The sickweather.com service has plenty of practical uses: like being able to increase your hand-washing vigilance when it comes to kids’ playing in certain areas; or groundbreaking features like being able to track region-wide health issues.

There are other similar online services – like the Google Flu Trends tool and the WebMD cold and flu symptom map – that are also based on user activity. But what makes sickweather.com particularly useful for parents is how it attempts to understand the movement of disease in real time. When a parent signs on to the website, he or she is greeted with ‘today’s sickweather’ forecast that lists the most commonly shared or tweeted illnesses in their area that day, and offers detailed definitions of each. He or she can then check an interactive map for their city and zoom in as far as an individual street to check if there are any outbreaks. Sickweather.com refers to this feature as the ‘Doppler Radar’ of illness.

If your child is showing signs of an oncoming virus, why risk it? Get online and see where the most recent cold and flu outbreaks are occurring in your area, and protect your children from catching or from spreading illness. It’s as easy as checking the weather forecast and is available on whatever device you are working with, be it a mobile phone, laptop, or tablet.

Featured Image: Flickr User bfchirpy

*Joint Guest post, with some modification