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Allergies. If you can’t beat them, predict them. And that’s exactly what Sickweather, the popular illness tracking app which powers illness forecasts for IBM’s Weather Company and the pharmaceutical industry, is doing. The mobile health app is forecasting a severe and active start to allergy season for many parts of the country. As some states continue to fight off the H3N2 virus, an early allergy season could mean a higher demand for OTC relief.

“Allergy season is already here — and it’s going to hit people hard” said Laurel Edelman, Sickweather’s Chief Revenue Officer. “With the H3N2 virus still going around in some states where allergy season has already started, many people are going to be turning to over-the-counter medicines.” …


Sickweather, the popular illness tracking app which powers illness forecasts for IBM’s Weather Company and the pharmaceutical industry, is predicting a severe allergy season along with a late flu peak, to create a rare one-two punch for many sufferers.

“This is the ‘El Nino’ of illness” said Graham Dodge, Sickweather’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the H3N2 virus causing a secondary late flu season peak in March, many allergy sufferers might experience complications or confusion when it comes to the start of this severe allergy season underway in many parts of the US.”

Sickweather has compiled a list of the Top Ten states where this converged risk of flu and allergies is highest per…


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Each year, tens of billions of dollars are lost from employee absenteeism due to illness. While companies attempt to manage this issue, a big part of the challenge is trying to anticipate when workers will be out sick. A new partnership between Sickweather and Unum (NYSE: UNM) helps manage this predicament.

Sickweather is the world’s first real-time map of human health, tracking reported illnesses and symptoms to provide geographically specific information about what’s going around. That information can be used to forecast a range of health-related factors for a variety of industries.

Unum, an international provider of financial protection benefits for companies has initiated a pilot project using Sickweather data to predict employee absence due to sickness. The initiative is designed to give managers more data and insights to plan for absenteeism. …

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