Adafruit Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2018: Attention! Place all UPS 3 Day orders by 11am ET Wednesday 12/13/2018
0

How to Use Your Flu Status to Help Science #CitizenScience #science #health #flu

Woman taking little girl's temperature

I was recently surprised by a map on the news showing the spread of flu. All that coughing is more widespread than I imagined, and perhaps like me you are one of those people chatting it up on social media. Well, if you are interested in doing more than just talking, there’s a project just waiting for your input, according to Discover. Flu Near You gives participants a chance to check in about how they are feeling in order to track the virus. It’s not important to know whether or not the flu is a confirmed case since the project is looking at symptoms. Here’s detail from the site’s Q & A.

First, the flu can only be confirmed with a laboratory test from your doctor. This is why we are looking for symptoms of influenza-like illness, rather than a definitive flu diagnosis. Second, even though the focus of Flu Near You is the flu, it is important to know when people are getting sick with other illnesses, too. We do not limit reporting only to people whose symptoms are related to flu.

Graph of flu

The project was created by epidemiologists from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital. Crowd sourced data is collected each week by email or through mobile app and a map is created from the reports. On the site’s news, I found an interesting graph comparing CDC (Center for Disease Control) data with that from FNY (Flu Near You). You can see the sharper decrease of Influenza-Like Illness from registered FNY users. It makes me wonder whether this project can reduce the illness simply through awareness. I know I’ve certainly been washing my hands more frequently. Flu Near You is a great example of how to take something commonplace and turn it into citizen science. Help spread the word about this project and let’s see what we can learn about the flu.


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 8,700+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Japanese word working and more in December’s issue of HackSpace magazine!

Wearables — Solder-less magic

Electronics — = != ==.

Biohacking — Finding Bliss with Anandamide

Python for Microcontrollers — sysfs is dead! long live libgpiod! libgpiod for linux & Python running hardware @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF #Python @Adafruit #Adafruit

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.