Data uploaded from a million ‘smart thermometers’ suggest that strict social distance measures could be key to ‘breaking the chain’ of coronavirus spread as fever rates plummeted as California counties shut down
- Kinsa Health has collected about a million thermometer readings to predict where the coronavirus is spreading
- Data shows that in places where strict social distance measures are taken, disease rates drop, such as in Santa Clara County, California
- But in areas where less aggressive measures are being taken, “widespread atypical diseases” are on the rise, such as in Florida
- In the United States, there are more than 59,000 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 800 deaths
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Data from more than a million smart thermometers show that areas where strict social distance measures are in place can slow the spread of the corona virus.
The creator, Kinsa Health, cannot specifically track the spread of the virus because it only looks at a fever related to geographic data.
But Kinsa’s fever chart shows areas with strict orders for shelter, such as California counties, are declining, while Florida counties with less strict orders are seeing rising rates.
In the U.S., there are over 59,000 confirmed cases in all 50 states and three territories, and over 800 deaths.
Kinsa Health has collected about a million thermometer readings to predict where the coronavirus is spreading (photo)
Data shows disease rate is dropping in areas like Santa Clara County, California, and is rising across Florida (photo)
The data seems to suggest that decline is seen in places where strict social distance measures are taken. Pictured: Doctors transport a patient from an ambulance to Kirkland’s Life Care Center – the epicenter of outbreaks in Washington – March 24
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fever is one of the main signs that someone has the virus.
Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he is constantly taking his temperature.
“Every time I go to a different room, my temperature is measured,” he told reporters at the White House last weekend.
Before it was used to track COVID-19, Kinsa’s tool was usually used to track where seasonal flu outbreaks occur.
To create the map, Kinsa downloaded temperature readings from over a million thermometers in the United States.
With the coronavirus pandemic, a new tool has been added to the map, which the company calls ‘atypical’ diseases.
There are indications that there are closing areas where people gather, such as bars and restaurants, the number of infections is decreasing.
“Given that people don’t get along that much now that I stay at home when I’m sick, for example, people I’m usually with won’t be infected and they won’t infect other people,” Nita Nehru, head of communications at Kinsa, said. DailyMail.com.
‘We mean that by breaking the chain of infections. The fewer people around each other, the more those diseases decrease. ‘
For example, the map shows that flu-related illnesses in Santa Clara County have fallen by 13 percent in the past seven days, with observed illnesses listed as ‘low’.
This may be because Governor Gavin Newsom issued a shelter order eight days ago, on March 17.
But the number of “widespread atypical diseases” in Florida is increasing, where less strict and aggressive measures have been taken.
It could be due to coronavirus, or even H1N1 fu strain.
“We can’t say that with certainty – we don’t know if it’s coronavirus or something else,” Nehru said.