I originally wrote this post a couple of months ago. I meant to post it then, but hey I was a little sick myself and needed some rest! Now, that we are facing a more serious sickness floating around the world, I think this post might come in handy. When I was sick, I was curious to see what sicknesses were going around my area during that time. So I did a search for “sickness near me“.
I found a couple of cool websites and apps that I thought were helpful. I started bookmarking them, so I could use them next time I needed them. Then, I had a brain fart…I bet other people would find these helpful too.
The current crisis is a little scary. It’s good to keep track of it. Knowing if there is a breakout in your city is very helpful. So I looked at these websites again, and some of them are helpful in tracking coronavirus outbreaks.
I thought it would be nice to share these resources that I’ve found, so more people can be aware of what’s going around.
Another idea is to call your physician’s office and ask them what kind of illness they’ve encountered in the last week or two. That might help you get a good gauge on the sickness near me (you).
I’m seeing that some doctor’s offices are displaying this information on their website. I wish more would do this. It’s very helpful!
NOTE: I want to make it very clear, I’m not a doctor. Please use good judgment on when to seek medical care.
Websites to Help You Find Sickness Near me (You)
- Flu Near Me | Allows you to see statistics of how many people have reported flu-like symptoms near you.
- CDC Current Outbreak List | See outbreaks of things such as salmonella, measles, and more.
- Web MD | Cold and Flu Conditions in Your Area | Shows a map with a key of “minimal,” “moderate,” “very high”. Put your zip code in to get better results, on cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and fever levels in your area.
- Contagion Live | Featuring a map showing Hepatitis A, Ebola, E. Coli, Salmonella, and listeria breakouts.
Apps to Use to Find Sickness Near Me (You)
- HealthMap | Outbreaks Near Me | App says if shows real-time data on outbreaks of sickness such as H1N1 Influenza (swine flu). There is an interactive map and notifications that can alert you when an outbreak is occurring in your area.
- Sick Weather | This app boasts that its an online social health network. They say this app scans social networks for signs of illness. Get real-time sickness alerts when in a sick zone. This app assigns a number and a “low,” “medium,” or “high-risk” label to the danger of sickness nearby.
- Weather Bug | Get alerts about sickness, weather, pollen count, traveling and more.
- Flu Star | Local and National Flu Data | Free for iPhone and Android devices. Users can check multiple locations, see sickness levels on the cold and flu map. Also, check your symptoms to see if you have a cold or flu.
Where to Find More Info About The Coronavirus
Visit Coronavirus.gov for tips on how to prepare, current news, and more.
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The best symptom checker can be your physician. Obviously, if you have a serious illness going on, its best to see your doctor. However, there are some online symptom checkers that you can use to help you identify what you may have.
- Web MD – Pretty good for a symptom checker
- Family Doctor – Not super great for me. I put in cough and answered 2 non-critical questions, and it said most people see a physician. Oh-KEY-DOH-KEY then! Thanks so much?!
- Mayo Clinic – Also a pretty good symptom checker
- Isabel Healthcare Symptom Checker – Never seen this one before, but it looks okay.
Cold Versus Flu | How to Tell The Difference
The common cold and flu are both viruses. However, they are caused by different viruses. (*)
Both the cold and flu are spread by droplets, typically when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks. (*)
However, a person can also get infected by touching an object or surface that has the flu virus on it. (*)
The flu season can begin as early as October and can go until as late as May. The worst months typically being December through February. (*)
The common cold and the flu, often share many symptoms. It can be difficult to tell them apart.
Flu symptoms are usually much harsher than the symptoms of the common cold. Fever and headaches rarely happen as a result of the common cold, but can be more common with the flu.
The flu brings on more abrupt symptoms, and the cold usually has gradual symptoms.
See the chart below to see the slight difference between the two sicknesses.
|Signs and Symptoms||Cold||Flu|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Mild to Moderate||Common|
Check out my favorites symptom-reliever remedies for the cold and flu.
Colds come on gradually. Symptoms usually lighten in 7 to 10 days, however, symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks. (*)
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Mild tiredness
See a doctor if: (*)
- The cold hasn’t improved after a week
- You run a high fever
- You have a fever, that can’t be broken
These signs could mean that you have a bacterial infection. You might need antibiotics to treat it. Sickness such as sinusitis or strep throat.
How to Treat a Cold (*)
People often take OTC’s like antihistamines, decongestants, or pain relievers when they have a cold.
It’s usually suggested to drink plenty of fluids and rest, to help recover from a cold.
People often use natural methods also. Such as taking vitamin C, and other herbals.
Check out the 5 must-have comfort items for the cold and flu.
The flu comes on strong, and abruptly. The flu usually lasts for 1 to 2 weeks.
People at high risk should seek medical care, this includes young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic illness, or compromised immune systems.
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Dry, hacking cough
- Moderate to high fever (not everyone will get one)
- Sore throat
- Shaking chills
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea ( diarrhea is most common in children)
- Severe fatigue
How to Treat the Flu (*)
Fluids and rest are some of the best ways to deal with the flu.
OTC’s like decongestants and pain relievers may help a person bring down fevers and control those muscle aches and other pains.
A physician may prescribe antiviral drugs. These drugs are usually most effective in the first 48 hours.
Know when to call or see a doctor, or get medical help.
High-Risk Patients Include (*)
It’s a good idea to call or see a doctor if you’re a high-risk patient such as the young the old, or the chronically sick.
- Adults 65 or older
- Pregnant women
- Children under 2
- Children under 18 who also take aspirin
- People with weakened immune systems, due to HIV, Chemo, or steroid treatments
- Very obese people
- Chronic lung or heart condition
- People in nursing homes or the like
- People with diabetes, anemia, kidney disease or other metabolic disorders.
Know the Signs of Pneumonia (*)
If your symptoms don’t improve, or if they get worse contact a doctor.
If you see signs of pneumonia, please see a doctor immediately.
- Trouble breathing
- Chest pain
- Cough with green mucus
- Persistent high fever
- Severe sore throat
There are several different websites and apps that you can use to find illness or sickness near you.
Don’t forget, you can also call your local doctor’s office and ask them what kind of illness or sickness they’ve encountered in the last week or 2.
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