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Facebook Tracks Down Flu Spreaders

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 06:55 AM

Sniffly, stuffy, sneezy, and achy and want someone to blame, just to make yourself feel mildly better? There’s now an app for that.

“Help, I Have the Flu” is a new Facebook app that trolls through friends’ profiles looking for keywords such as "sneezing," "coughing," and "vomiting" as well as check-ins to find the culprit who may have passed on the virus.

“Hello. I’m sorry you have the flu,” reads the app. “Nothing will make you feel better like finding somebody to blame.”

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Clicking on the “Who Made Me Sick” button on the Facebook page will track down prime suspects, such as those who’ve mentioned the word "flu" in their status updates or those who’ve had multiple late night posts, as sleep deprivation, the app reasons, puts people at increased risk for catching a cold.

The app also allows users to send a message to the offending virus-spreader or purchase remedies from the health-care company that runs the app, Help Remedies in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has an app that tracks flu activity reports in the U.S. through podcasts and feeds, while the Flu Defender provides handy tips on how to protect yourself this season.

© HealthDay

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