Confirmed: Weather affects our wellbeing

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Do you usually feel how the weather affects your state of health? Do you believe that's a real association?

Now we have all the reasons to say «yes, that is».
WeatherWell team makes an app helping to track health symptoms and link them to weather conditions to predict possible health issues in the future. They are the first to develop the algorithms, which allowed to collect so much user-generated data to see statistically significant associations between our wellbeing and the weather parameters and even make some suggestions about specific symptom triggers.

How did WeatherWell come to new findings?
Step 1. Got more than 19 000 users for the research
Overwhelmingly female, mostly middle-aged.
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Step 2. Got their logs about the symptoms they face with
8415 logs in total from highly engaged users, who had consistent and regular logging patterns, compared to weather parameters.

Dmitry Sergeyev, Head of R&D in WeatherWell: «We killed two birds with one stone with the help of that research: not only got the scientifically-based confirmation of the ideas we saw in others researches*, but also collected the dataset which allows making personalised predictions. That's how we got a unique database, thanks to our users! And of course, it's important to mention we protect the participants' privacy, so all the collected data is always processed and used only in an anonymised way».
Step 3. Found the statistically significant correlation for some of the symptoms
For example:

Humidity increases — the chance of «heart issue» and «joint pain» logs also increase.

Pressure increase — «high blood pressure» and «joint pain» log chance decrease.
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Olga Sadovskaya MD, Clinical Product Manager of WeatherWell: «Although results suggest that user experienced symptoms are associated with certain weather conditions, there are some things to be considered:

  • The multivariate analysis should be made to evaluate how other parameters can also affect the results;

  • The "Long-term exposure "approach should be used to understand if weather changes trigger postponed effects.

But we already have proof that weather changes definitely can trigger some of the symptoms.»

Nikita Abrosimov, CEO WeatherWell: «Moreover, we can definitely say now not only local weather changes can trigger some of the symptoms, but we can also see how the climate shifts and some weather patterns influence our health condition. But that research results are worth another article.»
What should we do with this knowledge?
It's always better to take into account some possibilities than to be taken in surprise by them. You can track your symptoms and weather parameters yourselves. Or you can also try the WeatherWell application, which helps to track symptoms easily and even makes personalised predictions of how your wellbeing might be affected by the weather change.

And we know — forewarned is forearmed :)

Nikita Abrosimov
CEO, WeatherWell
Olga Sadovskaya MD
Clinical Product Manager, WeatherWell
Dmitry Sergeyev
Head of R&D, WeatherWell
*Some of them are:

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