With over 9,000 positive influenza specimens identified nationally the week ending Jan. 11, according to the CDC’s weekly report, flu season is on the rise. Maine is currently at a moderate activity level, so U.S. Cellular is recommending apps to help keep the community healthy.
Today’s technology offers helpful tools to find out everything there is to know about this year’s flu season. These tools provide strategies for preventing the flu and ways to determine whether symptoms are the flu or just a common cold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the official recorder of flu outbreaks in the United States, and with their online tool FluView, users can easily see how severe flu outbreaks are in their state during that week.
“Consumers can use their Google Samsung or Apple devices to outsmart the flu virus,” said Matt Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England. “We all know how detrimental flu season can be, which is why we want to provide communities with important information that can help keep them healthy or assist in managing flu symptoms during this time.”
U.S. Cellular recommends these apps to help prevent and beat the flu:
• ZocDoc: This app helps find a doctor and book an appointment (for any reason) on your smartphone in three simple steps:
1. Enter your ZIP code
2. Enter your health insurance carrier
3. Choose from a list of doctors and pick your preferred time
• Doctors on Demand or Teladoc: Through these apps, doctors are available 24/7 for patients when they need it, wherever they are.
• Sickweather: Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing users to check for the chance of sickness as easily as they can check for the chance of rain.
• Flu Near You 2: This app tells users where and how many flu cases have been reported in the United States based on the user-contributed data. Enter a ZIP code to find out where to get a vaccination and use the links to public health sites to learn more about tracking the flu.
• Home Remedies +: This app teaches users how to use natural cures (alternative medicine or herbal treatments) to replace over-the-counter drugs in the treatment of common ailments. Using home remedies wisely can save time and money.
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