If you are one of the unlucky souls who came down with the flu this winter, you tend to have nothing but time to ruminate about who got you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that this is one of the worst flu seasons in recent history and it is nowhere near over. Well, one Facebook app wants to help.
Aptly called "Help, My Friend Gave Me the Flu," the app allows Facebook users to scan their friends' status updates for keywords like "sneezing" and "coughing", or for "suspicious check-ins", like hospitals or pharmacies. Of course, the app allows users to message their friends who may be ill or just purchase products from the company behind the app, Help Remedies.
Help Remedies website offers solutions to pharmaceutical problems like "Help! I have allergies" as well as humorous solutions to problems not normally under a pharmaceutical company's jurisdiction like "Help! I'm shy."
The tongue-in-cheek app says, "I'm sorry you have the flu. Use the button below to find out who among your friends is responsible for your misery. Afterwards you may choose to have them quarantined or if you are particularly forgiving, send some help."
Even though it's not the CDC's flu activity tracker, the app - and the company's website - will surely provide amusement for users. However, 1010 WINS spoke to consumers in Times Square who had much less of a sense of humor about it. According to CBS, they said that the app would simply lose friends for them and not make them feel better.
"I guess you can be mad at them for a little bit but it's not going to help your case," one woman said.
Published by Medicaldaily.com