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Fall sickness hitting the Mid-South; new app helps you track it

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The changing of seasons is upon us! That means it's time for Fall sicknesses. Doctor's offices are filling up with the seasonal coughing, fever, and stomach bug. 

It starts with a headache, then comes the runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. Maybe, a stomach ache even makes an appearance. 

This time of the year brings havoc on upper respiratory systems. According to experts, with the sudden drop in temperatures, we're likely to see a lot more people getting sick.

"My nose was running; my head was hurting me real bad; I was coughing real bad," Midrea Keys said. 

Keys already went through a seasonal illness. She said those days were miserable, especially missing work.

"Yeah, like four days," Keys said.

For others, like Darius Bailey, they have avoided the bug so far. But, Bailey's nephew fell victim when he came home from day care with it. Now, Bailey is worried he will be next.

"You know, a lot of kids, they actually go to day care, get sick with other kids," Bailey said. "Now your kid is sick, spreading [it] throughout the house. So, just got to be careful."

Dr. Jeff Mullins, with Methodist Medical Group, said that is precisely why his office gets busy this time of year.

"Lots of sinus infections, allergy flare-ups, good old fashioned viral upper respiratory infections or colds, some stomach illness," Dr. Mullins said. 

He said dropping temperatures do not help since people tend to stay indoors and are around each other more.

Plus, once you have picked up and illness, it can sideline you.

"You have a headache, you feel fatigued, your muscles ache. What do you want to do? I want to lay down," Dr. Mullins said. "That's your body telling you that that's what you should do."

While the best remedy and solution is to lay down and rest, for working people that's not always an option.

"No, I'm not worried about it, because I still go to work even when I'm sick," Bailey said.

However, that causes more problems, because the illness only gets spread more when people are around others. So Keys said her plan going forward is to try and stay out of it.

"I'm keeping myself covered up and just trying to stay out of it," Keys said.

If you’re trying to avoid getting sick, like most of us are, try the new Sickweather app.

The app helps you track sickness in the Mid-South.

The Health Department is encouraging people to get their flu shot now before peak flu season so we can avoid another round of people getting sick all over town.

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