Have strep or a cold? Soon could be an app for that

Flu doctor check

Researchers may have a way for you to skip the doctor and save money, according to a new report.

Researchers are working on a scorecard that combines patient symptoms with computer data to tell patients if they have a high chance of strep, according to NBC News.

The computer data takes your geographical location and checks if the virus is circulating in your area.

Over 12 million people visit doctors for a sore throat every year.

Health officials said this at-home test would cut down on the overuse of antibiotics.

Ages 5 to 15 are most at risk for strep.

The current research shows the bio surveillance technology would miss about 8,500 cases of strep.

Doctors said most of these cases would clear up on their own or drive patients to the doctor after persisting pain.

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