In the United States, the use of smart thermometers, able to send body temperature information to the smartphone through a specific application, could help to track the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus (follow the DIRECT by Sky TG24). As reported by New York Times and from Cnet, the Kinsa company, which in the past has relied on the data provided by these devices to monitor seasonal flu, has recently published a health map in the USA. While stressing that it is not directly measuring the spread of Covid-19, the company declares to have noticed since the beginning of March a strong correlation between the incidence of atypical disease, i.e. higher disease levels than those expected in this phase of the flu season, and positive tests at coronavirus. “We believe this data can be a useful initial indicator of where and how quickly the virus is spreading,” adds Kinsa.
The usefulness of the data provided by smart thermometers
Thanks to its smart thermometers, present in the homes of over one million US citizens, in recent years Kinsa has managed to accurately predict the trend of the flu season, also beating the Centers for the control and prevention of diseases over time ( Cdc), whose system is based on weekly reports sent by hundreds of doctors scattered throughout the United States. As Inder Singh, the company’s founder, explains, “the data provided by thermometers are an early indicator of the spread of a disease.” According to what reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptom of coronavirus infection is fever and is present in about 90% of patients. It is for this reason that the use of data provided by smart thermometers could help specialists track the spread of Covid-19 in the United States and identify the people to be subjected to the swab. In the map prepared by Kinsa there are peaks of fever in areas where the presence of the virus is known, but also in other areas where few cases of Covid-19 have been reported (such as Texas, Arizona, Michigan and Florida). “We are not sure whether these anomalous peaks have anything to do with Covid-19, but we believe they could be helpful in identifying the places where the disease is spreading, “says Singh.