How Sickweather Works

Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather’s algorithm scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.

Social Media

Everyday thousands of people around the globe update social media sites like Facebook and Twitter when they (or someone close to them) get sick. Posts like "I'm sick," "the doc says I have bronchitis" and "My son has chickenpox." When this information is made publicly available by the user and contains location information, we are able to track and map this data using our patent-pending algorithm.

Direct Reports

Alternatively, Sickweather allows its members to report directly to our map and forecast anonymously via our mobile apps. Select from a menu of illnesses that we track or post a message to any location you follow in Sickweather Groups. If you report symptoms or illnesses that we aren't tracking, that information will be processed by our algorithm to automatically make suggestions for expanding our tracking capabilities.

Trends and Outbreaks

When several reports appear nearby each other at approximately the same time they are grouped as potential storm activity represented by the heat mapping. Zoom in and you'll see the individual reports down to the street level!