Recently, I came down with a case of Spring Flu. Working in the startup world, we’re used to working 12 hour days 7 days a week. So when you come down with the flu and you’re forced to rest and stay home – it’s not easy. For the few hours that I was not sleeping each day, I tried my best to stay focused and get caught up on work. The last thing I wanted to do was to venture out into the cold and visit the doctor.
For those who have ever had the flu, you may know that it’s a virus. Viruses aren’t the easiest thing to treat as much of the treatment consists of over-the-counter medications that take time to take effect. It’s important to start on these medications right away as the flu can be a very serious virus and is the cause of death in 36,000 people each year in the US alone. Worsening symptoms can lead to more serious infections, pneumonia, or bronchitis. Since the treatment regiment is usually over-the-counter medication, for those who are uninsured (including myself for the purpose of the MedClimate Challenge), it’s difficult to rationalize spending money on an in-person physician visit. Instead, I opted to stay under the comfort of my warm blanket, video conference with my general physician and receive my treatment for $45. Now, I’m back on my feet and back to work.
MedClimate will begin to accept applications from the general public to use our private beta launch. Please register today and be some of the few who are selected to try our products for free.