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…


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…


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…


We are observing an outbreak of Strep Throat throughout the US this week. Midwest & Southwest are the most active per capita. If you are experiencing a fever or sore throat, you many want to request a throat culture for immediate diagnosis. Here are the Top 10 States by activity:


A veteran of the healthcare, pharmaceutical and informatics industries, Laurel Edelman joined the Sickweather Board of Directors on November 1, 2018. The company will leverage Edelman’s extensive business development experience to advance Sickweather’s mission to provide the most accurate, predictive and meaningful sickness forecast in the world and to help guide the company’s rapid growth. Edelman also serves as Sickweather’s Chief Revenue Officer.

As the world’s first real-time map of human health, Sickweather collects and processes millions of illness reports each month to deliver a street-level view of what’s going around in a specific area. …


There’s no denying the 2017–18 flu season was bad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports approximately 80,000 people of all ages died last season. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you look at symptomatic illness, medical visits and hospitalizations, the number was considerably higher in 2017–18 than it was at the peak of any of the past five flu seasons. (Figure 1)

Granted, there were some factors that lead to last year being so bad including the concern the flu vaccine was not a good match for the strain of viruses circulating and an earlier…


Influenza (flu) is a respiratory tract infection caused by a virus and spreads easily. Between 5% and 20% of people in the U.S. get the flu each year. People of any age can get sick with the flu. In many cases, the flu comes on quickly with symptoms including fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and a cough.

Most people are sick with the flu for only a few days. For others, it can become much more serious requiring them to have to go to the hospital. In some cases, the flu can also lead to pneumonia and death. The flu…


The common cold accounts for more healthcare provider visits and absences from school and work than any other illness each year. Contrary to popular belief, cold weather or getting wet does not cause the common cold. It is caused by any one of several viruses and is easily spread to others.

Causes

A cold comes from viruses that cause inflammation of the membranes that line the nose and throat. Rhinoviruses cause most colds, but they can result from any one of more than 200 different viruses.

The common cold is easily spread to others, often through airborne droplets that are…


Forecasting national flu and allergies trends up to 15 weeks out with 85%+ accuracy is something Sickweather has been doing for a while. Today, the company announced these flu predictions are now available at your local market level.

Sickweather now provides market-level forecasts for influenza for 50 cities with more in development.

As the world’s first real-time map of human health, Sickweather collects and processes millions of illness reports each month to deliver a hyper-local view of what’s going around in a specific area. …

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