Tracking is through social media crowdsourcing, not through federal government data that may be delayed due to government shutdown.
A free, real-time map tracking the flu and other illnesses is available through a surveillance system called Sickweather. The tracking is done through social media crowdsourcing, not through government confirmed reports. Sickweather is advertising its tracking of flu and other illnesses, saying it won’t be affected by possible delays in reporting by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention due to the government shutdown.
The Sickweather flu forecast graph shows the previous 15 weeks of flu activity as observed by Sickweather's real-time social listening surveillance system, along with the next 15 weeks of predicted flu activity using 7 different machine learning models. The data is updated daily and rolled up into a weekly count.
According to Sickweather, it is “the world's first real-time map of sickness and the largest crowdsourcing community of its kind – processing millions of illness reports each month. The company has been recognized for accurately forecasting outbreaks up to 15 weeks in advance.”
"Sickweather is still able to track flu season in lieu of CDC influenza tracking being delayed from the government shutdown,” stated said Graham Dodge, Sickweather CEO. “In fact, our data shows flu season already peaked nationally in Week 2 and is now on the decline. This matches the 15-week forecast that we've been tracking for our pharmaceutical clients.”
Access app for iOS at http://sick.io/ios
Access app for Android at http://sick.io/android