Health officials are predicting that the 2013 flu season will be one of the worst in years. The expected severity of the flu strain this year has the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and doctors urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible, according to a recent article in U.S. News.
People who traveled over the holiday season are at an ever greater risk for getting sick. Studies show that air travelers are at 20% increased risk for catching a cold or flu than the general population, and 63 percent of travelers get sick on vacation, according to a recent article in Mashable. With 93.3 million people having traveled at least 50 miles for home during the year-end holidays, it may seem hard to avoid the runny nose and pile of tissues.
Fortunately, with new technology, numerous mobile apps have been developed to help users survive the flu season. Here were our 5 favorites:
1. ZocDoc. This mobile app makes it simpler than ever to book a doctor’s appointment. With ZocDoc, you can check a doctor’s availability, view credentials and rate your experience after the visit.
2. RXmindMe. Now it’s a little bit easier to remember to take your medicine on a pre-defined schedule. RXmindMe can be especially useful for those who are traveling.
3. Seamless. Seamless lets you order take-out food from the comfort of your home. For those who are snuggled in bed, this can be a great alternative to cooking.
4. WhatsApp. If you’re lonely while being quarantined, this messaging app can keep you connected to friends and family on any platform without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp also lets you send video and audio media messages.
5. iTriage. iTriage can help you diagnose your own sickness, which can help pinpoint the illness early and make it easy to book an appointment with the doctor.
Do you have any medical apps you like to use? Recommend your favorites below.