In winter, everyone should be careful not to catch the flu by washing hands or gargling. However, it is very tricky to stay alert against flu virus all the time, since the virus itself is invisible to the naked eye. I really wish there was a tool to visually measure the risk of catching the flu.
Now there is a great solution for this in the form of an Android app. With Flu Alart, you will be fully prepared. Just install the app and there is nothing else you really need to do. You can instantly check the flu warning on your smartphone.
The flu warning is actually calculated based on the location, climate, humidity, and weather condition. Those data are checked against past weather data when flu virus circulated badly in the past.
Flu virus is most active low-humidity and low-temperature condition. So, the very cold and dry Japanese winter is really the best condition for the flu (and worst for you).
First, turn on the app, and it automatically detects your location and weather condition from GPS data. Then the app tells you the warning index based on the current temperature and humidity of your location. The warning index also shows the level of caution like "HIGH CAUTION" or "CAUTION", so it's easy to understand.
Enabling automatic update is an easier and more efficient way to get data onto your app. You can also check the transition of warning index on the line chart.
If you leave the app's widget on the home screen, you can check the warning level without starting the app, which is comes very handy.
Of course, just knowing the flu warning level is not good enough to prevent it. Always practice preventive measures by washing your hands and gargling every day.
Device Used：EVO WiMAX ISW11HT
Publisher：Japan Meteorological Corporation
Last Updated： 12/27/2011
Compatibility：Android 2.1 or higher
Translation by Ruriko Sumi