Flu season is starting to peak in Western New York, although its activity here lags behind other regions of the state.
University at Buffalo researchers are conducting a smartphone initiative to track the flu. Participants use their phones to answer a few questions about symptoms and whether they went to the doctor, as well as what public places they visited. They also keep their phones’ location services activated, enabling the research team at the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at UB to analyze how people come into contact with one another. The information will be used to create a computerized model of how communicable diseases spread in a region and help public health officials respond.
Published January 19, 2017
The Buffalo News