Is the nation’s fever beginning to break? Bill Whittle explains and tracks growth or decline as shown in the Kinsa Health Map. Pay attention to his oft-repeated caveats.
Fever-tracking smart thermometers may trace the spread of COVID-19
Kinsa has made its US Health Weather Map available to the public. The company’s smart thermometers work with an app that sends anonymized data to Kinsa. The aggregated data has previously been used to track the spread of the seasonal flu, but it may also help health professionals and the public keep an eye on COVID-19 hot spots.
The map measures observed illness levels, but Kinsa is clear it’s not directly measuring COVID-19 infections. However, the company said it has seen “a very strong correlation between cumulative atypical illness incidence and positive COVID-19 tests” at the state level.
There are over 1 million Kinsa smart thermometers in the US and they are telling a tale of illness across the country