Technologies like a flu-tracking app and phone wipes could help you get through flu season unscathed.
Welcome to flu season! Time to get that yearly flu shot, stock up on prescription antivirals, be conscious of the surfaces you touch, and pray. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 25 to 50 million cases of the flu are reported each year, according to FluFacts.com. So, your chances of catching this dreaded illness are pretty good. If you’ve never had the flu before (lucky you!), you’ll know it’s hit you if any of the following symptoms have occurred suddenly: sore throat, high fever, body and muscle aches, and dry cough, among other things. These symptoms spread faster than iPhone hysteria, too, especially in crowded areas like an office building or classroom.
Believe it or not, technology can help fight the flu, and maybe even shorten its stay. Here, we provide 10 techie ways to get you through the flu and cold season, including an infrared thermometer, a flu-tracking mobile app, and phone wipes.
Here are a couple of the products featured in today’s 10 Techie Ways to Fight the Flu slideshow:
Did you know that your mobile phone can contain up to 100 times more bacteria than most toilet seats? That’s what a recent British study concluded after finding tens of thousands of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause everything from pimples to pneumonia) on random mobile phones. If the thought of your phone getting you sick creeps you out, you may want to reach for Wireless Wipes: portable sanitizer packs designed specifically for cleaning phones. The wipes are said to be fast drying, non-streaking, and non-corrosive with a green tea-cucumber scent. Wireless Wipes sell for $2.95 for a 10 pack.
Zicam Cold & Flu Companion
Shortly after Google launched Flu Trends, Matrixx Initiatives announced the Zicam Cold & Flu Companion mobile application for the T-Mobile G1 and Apple iPhone. According to the company, it shows users not only the percentage of cold and flu activity in any given zip code, but also what types of symptoms are most prevalent and which ones to look out for in a specific area. Plus, you can receive Zicam cold remedy coupons and stay up to date on cold and flu news—right on your phone. Download it for free at the Android Marketplace and at the iTunes App Store. Don’t have a G1 or iPhone? Then download the Cold & Flu Tracker Widget to your computer for daily updates on cold, flu, and cough activity.
Now check out the rest of our 10 Techie Ways to Fight the Flu slideshow, including the Exergen TemporalScanner, Google Flu Trends, The Handler, Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Desktop Air Purifier, La Fresh Tech Pack, Zadro Nano UV Disinfectant Scanner, Unotron SpillSeal 2.4GHz Washable Wireless Keyboard, and Belkin Washable Mouse.