My neighborhood is at Flu virus threat level yellow. This means I only enter public areas fully gloved and masked, carry disinfecting wipes in a quick-draw, yet stylish, hip canister, and have been know to spray down unsuspecting strangers with Lysol. Threat level red would mean total lock down. Okay, not really. But I do know that 5-10% of the people in my area are affected by cough, cold and flu…a level considered moderate or yellow…and I do wash my hands A LOT.
How do I know this? I have the WheresFlu™ App from the makers of Theraflu®. This App let’s you keep up on the outbreaks of colds, cough and flu or flu-like symptoms where you live or in areas where you may be traveling (in the United States).
WheresFlu measures weekly activity for cold and flu based upon real-time reports of symptoms from SDI FAN® (a source used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). SDI FAN® covers illness levels in 135 regions across the country utilizing panel-member reporting along with patient-specific data. With a few simple clicks (taps?) you will know the infection level of your area and the 5 most infected cities in the country. Is yours on the list?
The WheresFlu App is free and available for Android, Blackberry and the iPhone. Check out this WheresFlu link to learn more about the program and get the free App.
Dealing with Cold and Flu Season
Cold and Flu season is no fun and even though we do our best to prevent the spread of germs (I don’t really lysol strangers), my little guy is sick. We’re following all the advice of the experts (see our Flu Prevention Post): we wipe down shopping carts and high chairs with disinfectant wipes, wash our hands frequently and everyone has their flu shot. So far we’ve been pretty healthy and this is first big cold, so share your advice. How do you avoid cold and flu and what tricks do you have for taking care of a sick baby? (We’ve got snuggle time, aka get snot all over mommy, down.)