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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Here's Your Animated Allergy Map For San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

click to enlarge Representing San Francisco - FLICKR/FOSHYDOG
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The coughing and general malaise you've been experiencing the last few weeks isn't all in your head. The Internet has confirmed that allergy season has taken up residence in the Bay Area, making it that much harder for you to enjoy the spring weather. has prepared this nifty interactive map that will help San Franciscans navigate allergy season. It's not exactly scientific, but it allows people to loosely track illnesses in their area, much like you want to if rain is headed your way (it isn't, btw).

Sickweather uses a "patent-pending process" to track and map illnesses reported via Twitter and Facebook. The map gives everyone insights about top-trending illnesses in any given area at any given time of day.

Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company, provides maps with real-time data on more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses. Since launching in 2011, the company now tracks more than 600,000 reports of illnesses each month.

As you can see, we're not feeling well - SICKWEATHER.COM
  • As you can see, we're not feeling well

Per Sickweather's report this week:

The maps may show clusters of activity as represented by orange polygons, or individual reports as represented by blue "SICK" map markers. Allergies, cough, and fever are going around in San Francisco. Reports of Cough are on the rise.

Take a look at your five-day allergy map for San Francisco;

Now look at the cough map;

And the local fever map.

All the more reason to stay home from the office if you're not feeling well today.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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