The Weather Channel app is able to inform users when the flu season will begin, by using information from IBM Watson. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices, and it can present users with a 15-day forecast for flu-related illnesses that could affect the user.
The app runs on a machine learning system, which will send users a notification if confirmed instances of influenza occur. Users will also be shown advice on how to prevent getting sick, as well as CDC reports. The Weather Channel app could potentially result in lower instances of people getting sick during flu season.
The Weather Company also conducted a study that found that 83% of people indicated the importance of avoiding the flu. However, the same study found that 37% of people stated they do not get a flu shot.
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