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Track sick people in your ZIP Code with your phone

I got one co-worker hacking near me and another going on about getting a flu shot. So it's only fitting my post today is about viruses.

There's a new application T-Mobile G1 users can download to track the percentage of sick people are in their ZIP Code, and what symptoms are most prevalent. iPhone users can download it in mid-December.

ZicamIt's called the Zicam Cold & Flu Companion, and aside from tracking sick people, you can also get coupons, news on the cold and flu... and like any good product-related application, they help you find the closest retailer for Zicam products.

I'm told the application works with Surveillance Data Inc., which collects info from doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals. The company also does random calling into the marketplace to gather information.

This is different than Google's Flu Trends, which tracks flu activity in the U.S. based on how many people are searching for flu-related symptoms.

Pctools And in other sickly news, PC Tools -- which is associated with Symantec -- announced this week that it offering a free download of iAntiVirus, which is security software for Mac users.

Now if you excuse me, I have to pop some vitamin C. Zicam is telling me the cold and flu risk level for my city is moderate. Oh boy.


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