Sickweather

App score: 54/100 About the Orcha review

Sickweather is the largest illness crowdsourcing community of its kind - processing over 6 million reports of illness each month! As featured on the Today Show and Good Morning America, Sickweather provides real-time alerts whenever you enter a 'sick zone'.

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Platform: iOS

Cost: Entirely Free

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Condition(s) this app helps

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chest Infection
  • Cough

Description

Sickweather is the largest illness crowdsourcing community of its kind - processing over 6 million reports of illness each month! As featured on the Today Show and Good Morning America, Sickweather provides real-time alerts whenever you enter a 'sick zone'. Be alerted for Flu, Norovirus, Pink Eye, Whooping Cough, and 20 other illnesses, including parasites like Ticks and Head Lice!

"It's really great if you're a parent!" - The TODAY Show
"It tells you where all the sick people are!" - Good Morning America
"I love this site!" - Queen Latifah
"I think it’s a great idea! I love this!" - Meredith Vieira

Sickweather has also been honored among "100 Brilliant Companies" by Entrepreneur Magazine, "Top 5 Sites Crowdsourcing for Your Health" by George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services, and has been recognized for identifying the peak week of flu season 15 weeks before the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Sickweather uses a patent-pending process to track and map reports of illness from social media in addition to crowdsourcing directly from our user community.

Our SickScore calculates the risk of contagious illness in your immediate area, meanwhile reports are represented on the maps by blue "SICK" markers -- tap them for more information of exactly when they were reported. Some viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 48 hours and can have a viral life cycle of 2 weeks, so we color-code more recent reports as RED within 1 day, ORANGE within 2 days, YELLOW within 1 week, and we include reports as old as 2 weeks in BLUE.

With Sickweather Groups you can follow, report illnesses, and post messages directly to the locations that matter most to you, such as schools, workplaces, restaurants, hospitals and more!

Unique to our APPLE WATCH app is a hand washing timer which runs for 20 seconds (as recommended by public health organizations) and uses Apple's Taptic Engine to let you know when you are done.

And don't forget to check out our fun STICKERS for iMessage!

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Sickweather can be used with or without these services running, but to receive our real-time Sick Zone alerts, location services must be turned on. You can discontinue GPS services by simply turning off our Alerts from within our app settings using the Master Switch.


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App score: 54/100

More details

Reviewed on: 16 January 2019 (Independently reviewed for us by ORCHA)

  • General Information
  • Alerts and Notifications
  • Social Support Networks
  • "Health Tracking
  • "Health Tracking
  • Data Sharing
  • "Health Tracking
  • "Health Tracking
  • Wellbeing Tracking
  • Data Sharing
  • Automated Guidance
Data Collection

The data collected about you is capable of identifying that it relates to you

The type of data that it collects is classified as sensitive data.

(Identifiable and Sensitive) - Because of the type of data that this App collects it is particularly important that the App takes the security and privacy of that data seriously and only enables others to see or share this information if you have expressly consented to this.

Data Use

The App does state that it won't share your data in any way with other people without your consent.

The App does allow you to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It wasn't clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

Testing

It wasn't clear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End User Capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App is entirely free to use.


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