Calling all iPhone owners anxious about the spread of swine flu: A potential app, the Swine Flu Tracker, may be on the way.
The Swine Flu Tracker, still pending approval from Apple, would be free. It was developed by IntuApps, whose founders, Barry Schwartz and Lilly Gold, say they want to keep people informed about the virus and where it is spreading.
“Just being able to have the information with you on the go is a powerful tool for people,” Gold told CNN.
The Swine Flu Tracker's first tab shows the current threat level – Phase 5 – and brief description from the World Health Organization.
The next feature, likely the most useful, is a map that tracks where the virus is spreading in relation to the user via a “locate me” button. Each pin that pops up on the map offers details about confirmed and suspected flu cases. The data comes from a Google Maps RSS feed.
A third tab provides virus facts and flu symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control, Wikipedia and other sources.
The last screen, Alerts, is a consolidated triad of Twitter updates from the World Health Organization, the CDC and HealthMap.
Schwartz submitted Swine Flu Tracker on Thursday and said Apple typically takes a week or two to approve new apps before they are released. Given the urgency of the swine flu outbreak, maybe they'll move more swiftly on this one.
“Hopefully the virus will end soon, but being informed is important for now and [for] trying to keep everyone healthy,” Gold said.
Any iPhone user interested in downloading Swine Flu Tracker can leave a comment for Schwartz on his blog, CartoonBarry.com, and he will let you know when the app goes live.
Posted by: Valerie Streit -- CNN.com ProducerFiled under: Apple iPhone
This is getting out of control. The 'normal' flu A or B kill about 36,000 people a year in the US and 500,000 worldwide. I do understand the term pandemic, but this is just overkill.
As far as the iPhone app, well... what would one expect from a company that allowed a shaken baby app. This one is just as useful although only marginally less distasteful.
I, for one, welcome our new swine flu overlords.
This takes the term "Viral Marketing" to a whole new level!
Great idea for the app... it's amazing that an app like this can be created so quickly.
Sounds as if it may be a useful app once the initial outbreak dies down and then it raises it's ugly head in a few months. It will be far worse then, this is nothing right now. Shaken baby app??? How cool, will have to look for that one!
Barry Schwartz is a genius and fanatical blogger that deserves his 15 minutes of fame. I can't wait for this app to go live. Every developer is wishing they thought of it first. Topical apps are the wave of the future for iPhone. I should know,... I'm the iPhoneSavior yawl!
Bow to the swine flu overlords.
Do i have to take my shoes off as well?
i think doug has a good point. only reason i was commenting is because i'm from A-town too. small world
The term is 'hamthrax'.
Will CNN run an ad for my iPhone app too?
Totally agree with Doug on the flu part of his comment ... although this is something to be watched and respected, we have dealt and currently are dealing with similarly dangerous diseases.
Don't agree with Doug's venom towards Apple and the App store though ... I think taken as a whole, the advances the iPhone and the App store brought to the smart phone industry far outweigh errors (admitted errors by the way) on their part.
I think time would be better spent on refining applications with long-term usage: however, this app does appeal to those currently obsessed with the latest remote dramatic event with the smallest possible chance of ever affecting their strata. I am just grateful it will be free so I don't have to listen to chatter as to the cost of the thing...
Pandemic has no degree of danger attached to it, merely how it has spread around the world. Remember the 1917-1918 began pretty weakly and mutated as in got into the population, although it developed, or mutated in prime real estate within the lungs of crowded military bases and ships before it went ape on the populations
How is an application that allows users to track this strain of flu distasteful? At least read the article before posting.
if not useful now useful later think serendipity
I will not approve this app!
Media overkill!! sorry... but I like good free apps on my iphone!
Swine flu killed 50 million earthlings in 1918. It's wildly virulent.Pandemic means epidemic on a worldwide scale. I'm going to check out the app.
The doctors at my wifes hospital are all having a good laugh at how seriously overblown this media made pandemic is. They have all been breifed and are fully aware that this strain of swine flu is currently nothing more then a more mild version of the common strains that have been going around the last few years.
BTW, Last year over 36,000 United States citizens died from the common influenza and over 500,000 people die world wide from the flu each year yet you don't see them freaking out about our "Yearly pandemics" This is now the third time they have cried wolf. First it was SARS, then Bird Flu and now its Swine Flu. Hopefuly the next time its a zombie outbreak and nobody believes them since nobody reports the news anymore.. they just makeup sh-t that sells.
Wow. Lets floor the hospitals by scaring stupid people.
Swine flu because it was made by people trying to get rich?
Can we just change the name to HAMTHRAX and get it over with!!!
Gov plot to close borders!
Lets all get rich scaring people with "Swine flu"!!!!!
This is absurd
lol Jongal. Excellent comment man.
Why would we be worrying about swine flu? let's have fun and play Fight the Beavers
"As far as the iPhone app, well… what would one expect from a company that allowed a shaken baby app. This one is just as useful although only marginally less distasteful."
I couldn't have put it better myself. I'm a PC. :)
Really? Bringing up the shaken baby app? Is that going to be the apple-haters go-to move now for the next couple months? You do realize the amount of applications that get shot down by them day by day..one slipping through really isn't all that bad
Swine Flu app sounds like a fine idea to me, let the hypochondriacs have yet another tool to make them go insane - like webmd.com isn't bad enough. haha
Unless it can track every person that has the virus, this app is stupid.
As far as the normal flu goes, it mostly kills the people who are more susceptible, i.e. older, younger, and already sick people. The H1N1 is different in that it attacks more healthy people and that's why it's different and a bit more scary.
A vaccine could take months to generate for it and that might hinder the normal flu vaccine for next year. More than likely, we'll all be okay ... but it shouldn't be taken too lightly either.
If you are sick ... DO NOT GO ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. I don't care if you lose fifty or a hundred dollars to reschedule or even the whole cost of a ticket.
But again, this app is dumb.
Useful to those that want to know, easily ignored by those that don't. Perfect.
FYI, "Pandemic" means over a (very) wide area, "Epidemic" means just a large # of cases. The baby app (sheesh, let it rest) was an error in screening, not judgement.
I totally agree with Doug from Allentown, PA. The media is just using this to grab viewers, and the less informed happily ride along with it. Can we stop inciting panic over such a trivial non-issue?
I own an Iphone, and I can tell you there are hundreds of thousands of useless, garbage and meaningless applications for it. While tracking the swine flu, you can also make fart noises with it.
You are so right! This flu has shown to be no more dangerous than the standard seasonal flu...which can be dangerous, but we live with it year-after-year. The media is merely milking this for the ratings and fear mongering in the process.
I was at the local Panera in Fort Worth, TX today. People were packed in like sardines, many sniffing and coughing(allergy season too). Did I freak out and run for the hills? Nope. Neither did anyone else.
Maybe if the news media would stop posting updates on practically an hourly basis we might not have people panicking for no reason.
down with you swine flu collaborators! resist! resist! resist!
Its just a cheap ploy to get this guy's name in the news and hopefully some business for his company. I have a swine flu news app for you too. Its called "the web". You can search for stuff on it, and when you find it, you can read it. I suggest you try "news swine flu". Then, when you're bored, try "pointless iphone apps".
What use is the map anyway? "Oh my god! I didn't know I was living and working in a place that has slightly more cases! I should move!".
Lets hope we don't get the hard core virulent strain people seem worried about. then this will, for the most part, blow over.
Pretty hilarious. Why not? It will save us from having to log online to find out where new cases have appeared and will help to dispel myths about symptomns, how it is spread, how it is not. It looks informative! All for it.
Doug from Allentown – wow, no good deed goes unpunished?
If you don't want to use what could be a helpful and useful iPhone app, don't buy it – but I personally am thankful to the developers for so quickly trying to put information and actionable data into the hands of more people.
Remember, data and numbers can *allay* fear by empowering people with knowledge. If you're reading CNN.com then you too are a knowledge seeker. I hope we all wish to be accurately informed, so we can make wise, rational choices about how to react to the evolving situation.
It would be nice to see apps providing access to similar stats on other disease incidence in the future – think about how useful such a technology could be if put into the hands of medical workers and epidemiologists in the developing world.
Thank you to Barry Schwartz and Lilly Gold for making this application.
We are all going to die by swine flu, OINK!
Doug from Allentown, PA:
It's an app that puts out good information including map based tracking of this strain of flu. Yeah, normal flu kills thousands of people but I put more faith in the CDC and WHO than I do you in deciding how bad the 2009 H1N1 strain is. You sound like a Microso$t shill who hates anything Apple.
I cant believe this crap!!
This is another showing of a corporation playing on the fears of society, realizing how vulnerable and easily mislead they are, into purchasing a product of theirs to keep up with a virus that appears to be benign (and this is coming from someone that was in PANIC mode as well)
Shame on apple and the rest of the corporations taking advantage of us. Personally, you people make me sick.
This is the sort of stupid reaction that really annoys me. Yes, anything can happen, but the virus has proved to be too weak to do anything but get people sick outside of Mexico, and considering the large number of people in Mexico City and the few cases that aren't growing by very much, and added the spread seems to be slowing down (not to mention the speed at which the media hype about any cases travels), it's very unlikely this will be a "pandemic" and these doomsday fear hyped articles are bad enough, but some sleazy developers jump on a whole 30 minute task of coding the reported cases into some google maps API and get attention now, too? This is pathetic. Anyone that's worried or panicking with the current situation is a fool, and so are any people that help propagate those irrational fears. Lame! People can talk all the doomsday nonsense they want and buy into the Fox news ridiculous "skull and crossbones" (reminiscent of a South Park episode) and say I'm wrong, but I'm perfectly willing to take bets and see people eat their irrational words when nothing actually blows up.
jongalbreath gets 100 points for the relevant and hilarious Simpsons quote!
Can the hysteria get any more out of control? Center for Disease Control doesn't even think it's as deadly as the normal flu strains that float around.
At the same time... I did click on this article to read it. The media has achieved their objectives. -_- Keep on feeding the hysteria.
"Swine Flu vs. "Asphalt Blues" 4.30.09:
Specifically, "swine flu has infected 50 US residents..." while The Asphalt Blues (highway vehicular fatalities) kills about 43,000/year.
The NHTSA (Nat'l Highway Traffic Safety Admin.) states that over 4,500 bicyclists are killed on the highways each year.
It looks like your chances are of dying in an auto accident are about 860 times greater than even getting the symptoms, much less dying of swine flu.
As a bicyclist, your chances of getting killed are about 90 times greater than even exhibiting 'swine flu' symptoms.
"Symptoms" of ANY dis-ease remain bodily initiated attempts to re-establish 'homeostasis,' a 'homeostasis' that has been unbalanced by "auto-intoxication.: (pun intended)
Swine flu or Asphalt Blues: You are doing this to Yourself.
"Flu," "virus," "germs," all 'word magic' used by the medical profession to make the 'ignorant' believe that medical people know what they are talking about.
Repeat: You are doing this to yourself.
Several studies show cell phones are a leading cause of car crashes.
It is estimated that cell phone distracted drivers are four times more likely to be in a car wreck.
According to a Harvard University study, cell phones cause over 200 deaths and half a million injuries each year.
50 swine flu cases vs. 200 cell phone related auto deaths.
So, which is more deadly: 'swine flu' or 'cell phone flu'?
As a professional driver, I always feel better when I see other drivers NOT USING CELL PHONES.
I Repeat: You are doing this to yourself.
Swine flu remains exactly nothing to worry about.
swine flu is overrated. if america and the rest of the world is this serious about the swine flu for the rest of the summer, i say we survive. not really much more we can do, vaccines won't exactly help mexico, country thats suffering most out of this, and odds are, vaccines won't be used when theyre ready because the world is doing all they can to stop this virus, and my opinion says theyre doing a good job.
@Doug: Do you have a source for these figures? Is that a CONFIRMED number of 36,000 deaths in the US and 500,000 worldwide?
It's a hamdemic of aporkalyptic proportion!
This is overkill unless this health officials know something that we don't know.
I'd like to know where I can go to meet other singles with swine flu. Is that a feature?
we will soon get an answer for this swine flu!!!
Me too, jongal. Stop worrying and learn to love the flu.
I agree with Doug. This swine flu scare is getting blown out of proportion. It's not like we're dealing with an Ebola virus. The only reason anyone dies from regular flu or swine flu is due to lack of health care and poverty. Age is probably a big factor also. Let's move on already.
I sick of hearing the nah sayers about the flu virius.
Do the math 500,000 is less than 1000th percent of the world population. That's with a vacine.And the people that are most afffected are the people in ill health or older.
The swine flu at it's current death rate of more than 1% would be 60 million.
Why not, bring it on.
According to interesting article http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/30/swine.flu.1918.lessons/index.html.
First emergence in the Spring of "mild" form is common with flu pandemics (less so for usual flu), then it tends to come back the following fall/winter in a much more "virulent" form. That may give time to develop vaccine. And isolation/separation may help.
In between, it will be very interesting to watch what happens in next few months in countries in the Southern Hemisphere, who are now experiencing their Fall season and, soon, their Winter.
I mean common folks the Spanish Flu killed upwards of 50 million people with no air travel, and probably spread so quickly due to malnourishment due to the war going on. This isn't nearly as big as that and we are panicking???? We have meds that help it, no one in the USA has yet to get it severely, nor anywhere but Mexico which i bet more have had it but it isn't being reported, as Doug said many more Die of the "regular" flu then the "swine" flu. Let's just take a step back and calm down.
Does the economy really need more "fear" in the market? I say no
I for one would be interested to see how quickly Hamthrax actually spreads. Love the iPhone!
wish I had Wolverine's mutant healing factor so I don't need to worry about contracting swine flu. LOL!
Apple didn't make the shaken baby app. It was made by a third party developer. And how is knowing more about where the swine flu has spread in any way distasteful. Information about the pandemic is useful.
i think everybody is panicking but you know what, this thing is spreading like wildfire and theie is no vaccine for it, so shut up and be glad that we have this technology
kudos to the iphone!!!
i want to know where this thing is i got kids!
how did this first start?we have'nt dealt with aids and hiv,now its swine flu.hope it disappears like the birdflu.
It seems these day's in this Global paranoia about a Flu that can't be stoped every one is just making money on frightening people. People are going to get sick just thinking they are getting sick. What happened to positive thinking?
This would be cool if used for the normal flu (in the event it's particularly bad that year) or other diseases of concern. Being able to stay alert and aware during a potential crisis is a good thing. Also, if the information actually comes from the authorities (the WHO), it saves the user a lot of time, since they won't have to sort through panic-inspiring gibberish.
Regardless of whether or not I think it's all hype, as the father of an 18-month-old boy I do have to accept the fact that this is a real disease, and it is significantly tougher than the normal flu, AND the normal medicine doesn't seem to be as effective.
But seriously, other disease trackers should follow.
I do not think this is anything like the baby shaking app. The developers are just trying to get some information out to people.
who ever said a global pandemic and a threat to all human life can't be fun?!....not when we got capitali$m kids!!!
As Doug points out, there are many influenza outbreaks during a year. Perhaps a more appropriate app might be one that does the same for flu generically: perhaps named FluSwatter....
The correct word is "application," not "app." Why must people abort the English language due to their laziness?
they are already closing schools in my small town because of suspected swine flu cases that are probably normal flu, this is getting way too ridiculous. How long before there is martial law and forced vaccinations. i bet the vaccines will be more dangerous than the swine flu itself.
What a wonderful application! This is on of the reasons why God allowed the creation of iPhone!
you are totally wrong on the overkill. Experts are saying this is similar to the outbreak of the 1918 pandemic that killed 50 million in the US. It starts with a breakout, killed 20-40 age healthy adults in late spring, slows down in summer, and comes back with mutated and stronger in fall that will result in most of the deaths for the next 2 years. All vaccines will be useless as the mutated flu will be new, and this happens again and again for 2 years! Why do you think the US government is not closing the borders with Mexico? It is too late. The flu is already in the US.
If the experts are right, the flu outbreak probably started in Jan 09 in Mexico. We have just started in the US in April 09.....
Yes the reg. flu kills 500,000 per year. The reason why this flu is so important is because we still dont have any idea about how to fight this virus... Unlike the swine flu, the common flu we have shots that are avalible to the public every year.
Yes, there is a new flu strain that has the potential to kill those with weakened immune systems, but enough is enough.
Statistically, Americans are three times as likely to get struck by lightning than to catch this new flu strain. Even then, the mortality rate is 1-4%. Simple hygiene practices can cut the risk another 50%.
Realistically, Americans should be concerned about the Heart Disease "epidemic" that continues to be the #1 killer (influenza and pnemonia are #7 - this new flu strain is nothing by comparison).
Don't buy into the media hype and do a little research if you're concerned. If not, you're just ignorant and should invest all your money in lottery tickets, because you have a better chance at winning the lottery than catching the swine flu.
Hey Doug, do the math. 36,000 die out of 10s to 100s of millions infected, that's a fraction of 1%.
With the swine flu, approx 150 have died from just over 2000 cases...that's a percentage that is frighteningly high – roughly 7-8%. So if the swine flu gets to 10 million americans infected, we could be looking at 70,00 to 80,00 deaths.
The fear isn't about the current numbers but rather the potential spread. Common flu numbers do not double in a few days.\ and double again a few days later. Lets HOPE that this is learned to be a reasonably poorly organized virus that CAN be treated effectively with currently available drugs. Lets PREPARE for the potential harm such a virus can cause if we cannot slow its growth down and it rears its ugly head in next fall and winter in a more ferocious manner.
Prevention is always preferred and easier over managing a crisis that has grown too large to handle and manage. We prepare for hurricanes and hope they slow down or move elsewhere (and they often do). But if we were wrong (like Katrina), disastrous results would not give the current nay-sayers any peace of mind.
In the same period, there have probably been more people killed by lightning – or struck on the head with a comet – than killed by swine flu.
This swine flu "story" is just another media non-event, deliberately designed to instill fear.
To the media: No-one cares. Move on to a more interesting topic ... maybe a Girl Scout Bake-off or something. Get over it already.
Somebody at CNN didn't get the memo. The pork-producing state Congressmen & Senators are flailing around trying to get people to stop calling it Swine Flu.
That being said, I'm with jongalbreath and await the overloards with glee.
I hope everyone has their zombie plan ready!
And I, fir two, don't care.
well, think of it this way, you can get cheap trips to mexico.
This is high tech at its best. Why are Iphone/Apple people so much sleeker than PC people. Has been like that for years. I think they also live longer..... Now for sure they will live longer
I think what is over-blown are the people saying "The ‘normal’ flu A or B kill about 36,000 people a year in the US and 500,000 worldwide. " If any of those were your loved ones I think you would be singing a different tune. Don't treat it like those numbers don't mean anything.
Also, in regard to the Swine Flue; the truth is that this is a new strain which we know very little about. So why not err on the side of caution? The Spanish infuenza which killed an estimated 20 to 100 million people, was also thought to be overhyped initially.
CNN, please keep reporting and keeping us informed. Life is precious. I for one care deeply if even one single soul dies. Thank you.
But the 36,000 killed by regular flu kills old and very young. its another matter if it kills young adults like this one does.
Way, way, way out of control.......thanks media and our President for creating a panic!!!!!!
@ Doug, I could not agree more. The news media is the real problem here. They seem to be unable or unwiling to just report. They turn EVERYTHING into an issue bigger then it is and this in turn causes people to go to extreme measures – Egypt being the prime example.
DUMB EXPLOITATION OF PEOPLES' FEARS DRUMMED UP BY THE LATEST MEDIA NEWS FROTH.
THIS APP WILL BE AS WORTHWHILE AS WHAT THEY CHARGE FOR IT : ZERO !
CDC.GOV AND OTHER OFFICIAL SITES WILL HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH INFO WITHOUT USING A APP TO TRACK H1N1
(BY THE WAY: THERE IS NOT PROOF THAT THIS DEVELOPED IN PIGS AND SO THE GOVT AND OTHERS ARE NOW CALLING IT H1N1 (THE SCIENTIFIC NAME FOR THE NEW FLU STRAIN)
Doug are you an idiot. How do you think the flu A or B started? Do you think it just magically appeared as 36000 people noooo!! Its a gradual process and this is something you should be taking serious as well.
I agree with you Doug, this is getting crazy. If you think you have the swine flu go to the hospital, they will administer iv's for hydration and send you home once it passes
This is ridiculous and casts a dark shadow on corporate America.
Yes the US and non-Mexico death rate is currently low, but the Mexican death rate was much higher than the seasonal flu when this outbreak started - that's what caused such an alarm. Also this flu took out the strong - not the weak.
Let's hope the death rate falls around the world. Only then can we, in hindsight, call the response an overreaction.
Apple didn't make or 'allow' a shaken baby app. They must get hundreds of app submissions every day- they don't have the manpower to cull each submission. They do the best they can. Apple did immediately remove it.
The AppStore relies as much on consumer morality as it does the small team approving Apps. Give them a break.
If you don't want it, don't get it. Meantime, shut up.
Doug, apps aren't vetted in the way that you think. Apple didn't "allow" that shaken baby app. Have an agenda?
Apple gave the company that made the app permission to load apps, and that company deserves your (out of place because this article is about something else) criticism. Apple's don't plenty to earn your derision, but not this.
Apple should make them refer to it by its real name, the H1N1 virus. Swine flu is a harmful misnomer and has no place in an app that contains otherwise technical information.
There is something, many things in truth, that are very dubious if not flat out hokey about this H1N1 (Formerly "Swine Flu") "pandemic". I have several ideas - not mutually exclusive ideas - on this whole thing but cannot prove any so I'll be quiet on that count.
Yes, jongalbreath, let's all welcome aboard our new medical junta.
By the time you would normally realize you will want this App, it will be too late if this follows a traditional pandemic pattern. It will be nice to avoid people who thought it was overkill or ridiculous until after it was too late.
We don't need hysteria. But good info is always welcome and iPhone apps have changed the way this is now being done. Awesome!
I agree, the media has helped blow this way out of proportion.
There is really no benefit in knowing where a Swine Flu case is. Even if it's in your own state, your community, your street. There is nothing you can actually do with that information.
The Fear/Stress worrying about the Swine Flu will only weaken your immune system so you are more susceptible to most any disease.
Then what happens, you eat more, smoke more and drink more.
Here is a better idea for an iPhone app. Track the deaths related to Obesity, Second Hand Smoke and people killed by Drunk Drivers.
Obesity Related Deaths: 280,000 Yearly, 23,333 Monthly, 767 Daily
Second Hand Smoke Deaths: 46,000 Yearly, 3,833 Monthly, 126 Daily
Drunk Driving Deaths: 13,470 Yearly, 1,125 Monthly, 37 Daily
Now if we had an app that helped us find Organic Foods so we eat less toxic foods that back our fat cells, where Smokers were, or which cars on the road had Drunk Drivers, maybe that would have some benefit and could actually save lives.
It's always considered overkill until it turns into something severe....then we look back and say why didn't we do more to prevent this from happening. Doesn't have to kill people to make an impact. If it spreads rapidly b/c we don't take preventative steps now, we will be sorry. Off to wash my hands again.
Stop calling it swine flu please. You are part of the problem of impacting an industry just by using the virus nickname.
We're all gonna die. We're all gonna die. I'd better give all my money to Obama, cuz we're all gonna die. Let's turn up the PAN(dem)IC level a little more!
Less people have died of the swine flu this week then of the "normal" flu.
That's a good idea.
It's not a bad thing that people are aware. 36,000 people are still a lot of people to die of "just the flu."
Problem with this flu is that it is attacking young, healthy people rather than very young children or the elderly. That's what happened with the Spanish flu of 1918.
Some officials are putting the cart before the horse, granted. But looking at preparedness is not a bad idea at this point.
The app doesn't bother me, especially if it's free.
We are overdue for a flu epidemic. This could be it. We can minimize the damage with common sense: stay home if you're sick, wash your hands, above don't panic.
The Egyptians are out of their minds to kill over a quarter million pigs. You can't get it form the meat. Pig to human transmission is rare enough that simple precautions like masks and hygeine will protect the workers.
Yeah, kill all the pigs when the cost of food is through the roof anyway. That's smart.
Really now? Yes, it's a problem, but for crying out loud, this crosses into the absurd.
No big deal to me, I have only my old 50 years old skin to worry about but I can easily walk in the shoes of parents that are worried for their children. This app can be useful to them as long as they keep a cool head. Schwartz & Gold thank you for taking the time to help your fellow human with this free App. There are many wingers out there that have never left a finger to help anyone. Ignore them.
Doug two things, we live in a country that tolerates freedoms, this means we can create explore take part in all kinds of things you and I may not agree in but the freedom to do so is there, even to make shaken baby app. They also pulled the application but its a sound bite and you got to use it.
Secondly if you dont know what the term pandemic means you should probably look it up before commenting. There's a real reason why this flu is being followed. Several years ago people died from the swine flu shot, its actually quite aggressive against the people who can least defend themselves from it the sick the young and the old.
Amen Doug! You nailed it on the head. Over kill!
Swine flu was in the U.S. in 1976, more people died form the inoculation then from the actual virus.
So what if it is overkill? Swine flu is more dangerous to healthy adults than the normal flu. I don't care where the normal flu is, I can get it and just be sick for a few days. Swine flu, on the other hand, is a legitimate threat to people besides kids and elders. Even if the number of cases is lower than the flu, it is useful to know where it is. You don't like it, don't use it. Why do you care how other people spend their time anyway?
Bird flu, swine flu, west nile, SARS, shouldn't the world's population been dead a gone a long time ago? I think I'm coming down with something. Yep, there it is; right on web MD. Media-hype-alitis.
All you people that keep bringing up the statistics of the normal flu are showing just how stupid you are about the swine flu. Scientists and other experts, whom are a lot smarter than you or I, are not worrying for nothing. The normal flu is just that, the flu. If it passes from me to you to another, all three of us have the same flu. With swine flu, if it passes from me to you to another, all three of us could have completely different versions of the swine flu. That means the disease can mutate and become more deadly, but more importantly, it makes it extremely hard to contain a disease when it keeps mutating. All I know is that since going to bed last night and waking up this morning, the total number of cases worldwide doubled. When the total number of infected doubles overnight, there is a reason to be concerned and if you don't think so, well then go take a trip to Mexico, I'm sure they have some really cheap deals going on right now. Wake up people and start using your brains, I know most of you like to live in blissful ignorance, but try to think from time to time.
Nice "Simpsons" reference!
The concern with this flu is that it affects any person, no matter how healthy they are, and it can kill them. The other flus "A" and "B" typically are only fatal to the very young or old and infirm – people who are more susceptible to things like pneumonia.
people just gotta calm down, the media is blowing this all out of porportion... the media wants us to live in constent fear that we are going to die at any second... everybody just calm down its not that big of a deal...
Doug From Allentown. THAT IS WHY IT IS SCARY. If 36,000 die a year from a flu that about 80% of the population is vaccinated from, imagine how many would die if 0% are vaccinated..... ALOT MORE>
One person dies every 7 minutes in the US due to flu per the averages. This is utterly rediculous.
But oh well... It'll give Obama something to 'claim victory' over when it peeters out....
we are too late
As if iPhone owners didn't already have enough Stupid Crap to download. I agree with Doug from Allentown. OVERKILL.
Doug, you throw those numbers out without taking into account that millions of people are vaccinated each year for the flu and still there are that many deaths. That is why the term pandemic is being used. Without flu shots for the general population every year, as I understand it, we'd have pandemics more often.
Absolutely unreal. I've had H1N1 for a liitle over a week now and it's amazing how blown out of proportion this situation has become. It's the flu people! Grant it, I've felt horrible the last few days or so, but it's still JUST the flu. Chill out, STOP listening to the news, and live your life. You'll be fine....I promise
just plain fear mongering
I think this might be a global strategy to shift the focus from the economic crisis over to the swine flu.
Umm...Doug, how is the Swine Flu app even remotely distasteful? It's purpose is to provide up-to-date information on a current health issue. How could you possibly label that distasteful to any degree?
It sounds like you have just a personal grudge against Apple.
Regular Flu: 36,000 or so dead in America alone.
Swine flu: Less than 200 dead worldwide.
200 is not a pandemic. WHO does not need to declare this a pandemic. If this swine flu qualifies as a pandemic, then the regular flu should mean we are on constant pandemic alert. I suppose, however, that this app. is better than nothing.
This is truly insanity. I am socializing as much as I possibly can, without any worry or fear whatsoever. If I happen to get sick, I'll pop some advil, sleep, and eat chicken noodle soup. The government is stupid. People are stupid.
This application is just what we need under these very difficult pandemic.
Thank you for coming up with this great idea. Let me know when it is available. Look forward to using it.
Get over yourself, Doug. There is nothing wrong with people wanting to be more informed about this. I think people are more worried about the virus mutating and becoming more virulent.
The shaken baby app was absolutely distasteful but this iPhone app is hardly in the same category.
this flu is ridiculous. the american public always needs something to be afraid of, it seems
This is so stupid. How is the map feature "useful"? What, if the flu shows up in Michigan I'm supposed to move to Illinois, and if it shows up in Illinois, I move to Indiana or something? People, get a grip. I wish CNN covered the regular flu like this every year–that virus actually kills a lot of people.
Too bad it isn't called "Swine Flu" anymore
DOUG; U Sir must not have a shaken baby, HOW insensitive
Doug, consider this, the normal flu kills 36,000 a year like you said AND we have a vaccine for it. So imagine what swine flu will do without a vaccine. Also the regular flu mainly kills people over 65, swine flu has been taking out seemingly healthy young people. I think the precautions are warranted.
Yea big time overkill on this. It shows just how easily people can get into hysteria and panic. A lot of it is how the media portrays it and dishes it out.
This is in response to Doug who thinks an iPhone app on the flu is over kill. Perhaps so my friend, but it never hurts to be informed on these things. While medical technology has certainly advanced since 1918 my grandmother lost her husband and a three year old to that epidemic. After burying them she came home and her 9 month old had also lost his life to the virus.
What also irritated me is your comment on the shaken baby app. While I think the app was inappropriate and never should have been released , I think your judging and condemning a company by one application out of hundreds of thousands, shows your ignorance. Play with your Rimm and shut up.
If they were really interested in giving this data to the masses, then they'd simply put up a web site where people could track the spread of the virus. Then anyone with a web-enabled phone or basic access to the Internet would be able to follow it, not just iPhone fanboys.
That being said, this pig plague is much ado about nothing in comparison to everyday illnesses we choose to ignore.
"The Swine Flu Tracker, still pending approval from Apple, would be free." You need approval from Apple to release an app for the iPhone? This is idiotic! Imagine people having to get approval from Microsoft to release a Windows app.
This company is trying to make money, hands down this is a shady way of gaining attention to a company.
If they really were considered why not address the common flu and stop riding the PR train.
I would not recommend anyone download or do business with this company.
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Americans will capitalize on everything.... Its great!
This doesn't do that much except create a widespread feeling of fear. knowledge is powerful, but too much and too frequent can have negative effects.
This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard of.
Talk about exploiting hysteria.
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Pandemic equals panic. There are too many people rushing to hospitals for every little sensation they get or just ate a BLT sandwich.
Get over it. Imagine the panic if there was truly a worldwide epidemic where thousands are getting sick daily.
More hysteria for the masses, more panic to be caused, and even more cash to line the pockets of those behind it.
Swine Flu, Bird Flu... Never had em, just keep getting the regular flu. This is so out of control, the masks, the panic, and hysteria. Geez. What's next, Cow Flu, Dog Flu?
Wow, another low for iPhone apps! Are they trying to compete with the media for new lows?
This is pure media inflation. These are the raw stats (obtained from CNN): 658 people from around the world have the swine flu. Mexico has 397 cases, and 16 confirmed deaths. To put this in perspective: there are 6,790,062,216 people in the world. That means that in the entire world, only .00000969% have the flu. In Mexico, the percentage of confirmed cases is: .0000357%. This is accurate data (assuming the CIA factbook doesn't lie).
about iphone flu tracker, i want to have it approve ASAP in order to download and apply it.
My great-grandmother died in the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 in Massachusetts, pregnant at the time of her death and leaving small children behind. I think we should take this potential pandemic seriously, but this app is a bit too much – it's just too much fear mongering.
This is been completely overblown... the real pandemic is the fear people have... that scares me more then the virus
I want this app now! Too bad i have no i-phone.
Normal FLu kills 36,000 people a year, and 500k worldwide, yeah after evolving over time. Imagine what this will do after it evolves enough... At this young stage it's been lethal already and it has just appeared in humans. Imagine what it will become, now that it is a combination of 4 different Flu virus.
I agree with Doug... Seriously- how much more coverage can they do on this? also lets make people panic... that will help?????!!!
sigh... gotta love the media
The 'normal' flu is well understood by scientists and doctors, and has a large store of vaccine available. H1N1 is new, unstudied, currently mutating, and there is no vaccine. It is also spreading very quickly. 36,000 deaths may sound like a lot, but the potential for an un-checked epidemic is millions of lives. This isn't some sniffles and a headache – it's a potentially deadly fever.
I see no real use for this iPhone application. As a software designer I would say it's an attempt to cash-in on the crisis. But theH1N1 virus is a very real and serious world-wide health issue.
time to get real, people, dontcha think?
this is getting out of hand, i work in the health care feild as a home nurse and the clients i see are alreagy scared because of the outlandish degree of media coverage this outbreak is reciving. The media just wants to keep the public aware but it is going for the shock value as well. STOP blowing every thing out of perspective. This app is totally useless, if you are that concerned about the spread of the H1N1 check the internet CNN will tell you all about it at considerable length. And come on guys please just wash your hands, nobody seems to be mentioning that this is the the best way to break the chain of infection.
TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT IT, Cornwall Ontario
I hope Apple does the right thing here and bans the app from their store – there's no need to stoke the hysteria fire.
All your swine flu are belong to me...
This is stupido! Hysteria at its finest! What's next – selling merchandise to profit from the illness! People wake up!
This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.
One gets the feeling that the pharmaceuticals had a slow year for the flu vaccine... thus pushing a new one on a worldwide "pandemic" that still has a fatality rate of less than 1%.
Chalk another one up to capitalism.
Sounds like just clean fun for the whole family...
What exactly is distasteful about this application? I may or may not use it, but there's nothing distasteful about it.
Doug, you are right that the normal flu kills 36,000 people in the US and 500,000 worldwide. But, at some point a 1918 style flu will come back and kill 1 to 200 million people.
The time to worry about it is before if happens, not after. Because SARS and Bird Flu didn't turn out to be it, doesn't mean it isn't going to happen, or that we should attempt to be prepared.
Comparing a flu at its early stages, that has the possibility of killing millions, to the regular flu really makes no sense at all.
If this flu isn't the one, that's fantastic, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't be vigilant for the one that is, or chastise scientists and governments for what is a very real concern.
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You've got to be kidding! I guess some ppl just need that extra anxiety. What's next, the patient's name, address and medical history deemed as statisical info?
If you're dumb enough to download this app you deserve to get the swine flu or plague.
the T-Mobile G1 already has this app. It works great
Woo! We get to track deathly sick people from our iPhones! :D Let us laugh at those weaker than us and their silly death.
gosh. what horrible people.
Stop. This is out of control. The media is the problem. FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO REPORT!!!
Absolute junk. Seems apple will approve just about anything. I guess it's how many apps you have, not the quality of the actual software that matters. Way to go, apple! Keep up the good work.
Having lived through SARS in Hong Kong in 2003 I, for one, would welcome an easy to access and accurate application that would allow me to make informed decisions for myself and my family. Apple doesn't write the apps but they do vet them and there are no parallels to shaken baby apps.
This is paranoia. In the US there are around 200 cases, and so far just one death. A mortality rate of about half a percent.
The number of suspected deaths in Mexico is dropping as cases are confirmed to have died from other illnesses.
This is worse than the average flu, but it hardly ranks amongst the deadliest diseases in the world.
For example, there are more cases of Whooping Cough (which everybody seems to forget still exists) annually, than this virus.
And AIDS, especially when combined with TB is much deadlier still.
Sure this is getting a little out of hand, but better safe than STUPID.
Remember 1918, and don't pass this off lightly. Swine Flu will probably not be a problem, but then again, better prepare than be a fool about the issue.
If we DO get into a pandemic issue, our Obama overlords will defeat the swine flu overlords.
Can't wait to download this app! haha
You want to talk about overkill? Crying over a baby shaking app, when your probably not doing anything about that it's actually happening in real life. Before that app came out, I don't think i've ever seen anything on CNN where anybody cared about baby shaking. There are so many worse things than worrying about silly applications, people just look for things to complain about, find them, and never let go of them.
I find this app very useful for the people that worry alot about this
The Swine Flu Tracker seems interesting. Hope it gets approved. I usually follow the swine flue through trackle http://www.trackle.com/catalog/details/name/Track-local-swine-flu-news/a/193004
There is already a Swine Flu app on the T-Mobile G1 Google Android market
It's all a little scary!
Kristal L. Rosebrook
How many people die each year of the regular flu? approximately 32,000. How many people die each year from doctor prescribed medicines? 106,000 each year (as of 1998). Nuff said. Let's move on from swine flu and octo-mom to something really important like Darfur for instance.
I think the WHO is taking this too seriously. Level 5? There are very little deaths so far compared to earlier pnademmics. How can this be a level 5 pandemic??
Will this app be available on Blackberries as well? I think this app will be very important in the futur. Is this article on twitter as well
A similar H1N1 (Swine Influenza) App, created by QxMD Medical, has been approved by Apple and posted to the App store.
jongalbreath May 1st, 2009 4:34 pm ET
I, for one, welcome our new swine flu overlords.
and that is why i love you internet strnager, but i personally think this is a great idea onl if they call it iswine
There's a better app called SwineAware, it has way more info and better user interface! I would recommend it over Swine Flu Tracker...
A really good post. I'm glad that there are still people who share fresh and intresting ideas.
swine flu scared the hell out of me when there was mass infection of this virus";"
Leon? How did miss this "mass infection"? Was I too fatigued by the three-week ordinary flu I had to be aware of it? Oh, it was absolutely miserable, just like the flues I've gotten all my life but I missed the "mass infection" unless, of course, I was one of them but mistook it for a "regular, miserable flue."
Well, I've never had an "iFlu" that I've been aware of but now I might know it.
Wow! The CDC (CDC&P), WHO, NIH, etc. are getting their budgets fattened and Apple has no intention of missing out on lucrative hysteria.
BTW> Has anybody ever bothered to notice that the "big epidemics" seem to occur during or just after wartime when large numbers of people are already suffering from extensive physical trauma from war injuries (No, certainly not just soldiers, mind you!) and sanitation reaches a low point?
Swine Flue created a lot of mass panic during the height of its infection:-.
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