New Phone App Helps With Flu Prevention

New Phone App Helps With Flu Prevention

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Every year, there's an increase of flu cases around the holidays. This year, the number of cases doubled in Ector County and flu season still has two months to go.

"This year between October 2014 and present day, we have reported almost doubled. So there has been a significant increase this year," Infection Control Coordinator, Pamela Burton, said.

Burton says every year there is a spike in cases but this year the spike has been huge. There's no reason to be alarmed, just be aware.

"Not epidemic. Just know there are ways to prevent this," Burton said.

Burton also says the number of cases are now going down in Ector County. Washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough is important when stopping the spread of flu. Basically be mindful of the T-zone

"The T-zone is your eyes, nose and mouth," Burton said.

There is a new app for all smart phones that can be downloaded for free in the App Store. It's a flu prevention app known as Wellowatch. The app allows you to see conditions in your area. The red color is most severe for the spread of the flu. A green dot signifies an area where the flu is less spreadable. On Monday, the app showed Midland and Odessa was the color yellow. That color indicates caution where the spread risk is high and susceptibility is low. Other than the new app, Burton reminds everyone to take care of yourself should you get the flu

"If you're sick, just stay at home. Don't go back to work until 24-hours after you stop running a fever," Burton said.

Even though the numbers are on the decline, doctors at Medical Center Hospital say there is no telling if there will be another spike.