Smart thermometers tracking coronavirus spreading


Click to enlargeClusters of fever Kinsa’s software deems unusual

A company that uses internet-connected thermometers to predict the spread of the flu says it is tracking the coronavirus in real time — something that had been impossible, given the lack of testing for the disease.

Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers to households in which two million people reside, and thus can record fevers almost as soon as consumers experience them.

For the last few years, Kinsa’s interactive maps have accurately predicted the spread of flu around the United States about two weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s own surveillance tool, the weekly FluView tracker.

RTFA. This is coming up online on my site at 2AM MDT, 20 March. Kinsa’s update(s) will be posted frequently…starting this week.

Scary enough. The county where my wife and I live is identified as “Mild…but, atypical illness level.” Here’s the link to Kinsa’s Health Weather Map

18 thoughts on “Smart thermometers tracking coronavirus spreading

      • p/s says:

        The use of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and other drugs (such as azithromycin and antiviral drugs used to treat HIV) to treat COVID-19 are examples of “off‐​label” drug prescribing. https://www.cato.org/blog/coronavirus-chloroquine-label-use
        Surgeon General Immediately Warns Viewers Against Trying Malaria Drug Treatment For Coronavirus After Dr. Oz Tells Fox Viewers He’s Testing It https://www.newsweek.com/surgeon-general-immediately-warns-viewers-against-trying-malaria-drug-treatment-coronavirus-after-1493751

      • Puzzling Evidence says:

        “In Maricopa County, Ariz., a couple in their 60s watched politicians and news anchors on TV tout chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has shown the ability to disrupt some viruses but that has not yet been proved effective against the novel coronavirus.
        That pharmaceutical name matched the label on a bottle of chemicals they used to clean their koi pond, NBC News reported. The fish tank solvent that treats aquatic parasites contains the same active ingredient as the drug, but in a different form that can poison people.
        “I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?’ ” the wife, who was not named, told the network. “We were afraid of getting sick.”
        The couple reportedly poured some of the fish tank cleaning chemical, chloroquine phosphate, into soda and drank it. They hoped it would stave off a coronavirus infection.
        “Within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects” that sent them to the emergency room, a Banner Health spokeswoman said in a statement Monday. They felt dizzy and started vomiting. The husband died at the hospital, and the wife is under critical care, according to the statement.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/24/coronavirus-chloroquine-poisoning-death/

      • p/s says:

        “Blood from people who recover from coronavirus could provide a treatment : Plasma is being studied as a way to fight off the virus” (Washington Post 3/27/20) https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/27/coronavirus-serum-plasma-treatment/
        “Infusions of plasma — the clear liquid that remains when blood cells are removed — may increase people’s disease-fighting response to the virus, giving their immune systems an important boost. The approach has been used against polio, measles, mumps and flu.
        “None of us sees this as a long-term solution. This is a stopgap, pending availability of more definitive interventions,” such as a vaccine or antiviral drug, said Evan Bloch, associate professor of pathology at John Hopkins.”

      • New Norm says:

        A 45-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) said she received an online message from her health care provider stating it will no longer refill her vital hydroxychloroquine prescriptions because that drug is being used to treat the “critically ill with COVID-19,” the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
        “Thank you for the sacrifice you will be making for the sake of those that are critically ill; your sacrifice may actually save lives,” the message said.

        “As we face the real possibility of running out of the drug for everybody if we don’t take steps to mitigate the shortage, Kaiser Permanente, like other health care organizations across the country, has had to take steps to control the outflow of the medication to ensure access to severely sick patients, including both COVID-19 and those with acute lupus,” said Nancy Gin, regional medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California, which has 4.6 million members. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tanyachen/kaiser-permanente-lupus-chloroquine

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      • Update says:

        “Despite President Donald Trump’s enthusiasm for the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus, the federal funding powerhouse led by Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t spending any money on it, and clinical trials for it are lagging behind other drug studies, according to a CNN investigation.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/28/health/coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-trial/index.html “…Trump was so positive about the drug that doctors started hoarding it, causing several states to implement strict regulations around prescribing the drug.” See https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/health/states-drug-stockpile-coronavirus/index.html

      • Sacrebleu says:

        “Debate Ends Over Chloroquine as France Officially Sanctions Usage” https://www.trustnodes.com/2020/03/28/debate-ends-over-chloroquine-as-france-officially-sanctions-usage “The move comes after infectious diseases specialist Didier Raoult announced new clinical results, which can be accessed here, that show 78 out of 80 patients treated with chloroquine recovered within five days, reported Trustnodes.
        The five-day recovery time is “considerably” faster “than the usual 14 days and for some it can go up to 28 days if they recover at all,” the outlet highlighted.”

        “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday issued an emergency-use authorization for a pair of anti-malaria drugs as health officials work to combat the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/490110-fda-issues-emergency-use-authorization-for-anti-malaria-drugs-amid
        “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement that the authorization would allow 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and 1 million doses of chloroquine phosphate to be donated to the Strategic National Stockpile. The doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate were donated by Sandoz, while the chloroquine phosphate was developed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
        The products will be “distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible,” HHS said.”

  1. Alfred E. says:

    “The coronavirus isn’t alive. That’s why it’s so hard to kill.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/23/coronavirus-isnt-alive-thats-why-its-so-hard-kill/ “The science behind what makes this coronavirus so sneaky, deadly and difficult to defeat” [The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus}.
    “Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-signals-growing-weariness-with-social-distancing-and-other-steps-advocated-by-health-officials/2020/03/23/0920ea0a-6cfc-11ea-a3ec-70d7479d83f0_story.html
    ‘I know, but what do you want me to do?’: Fauci’s strikingly honest review of Trump’s coronavirus response https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/23/i-know-what-do-you-want-me-do-faucis-honest-review-trumps-coronavirus-response/

    Mayor of Amity Island Larry Vaughn (“Jaws”, 1975)

  2. Science be damned says:

    “Researchers from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) have launched a new database to advance the international research efforts studying COVID-19.
    The publicly-available, free-to-use resource ( https://covid.crg.eu ) can be used by researchers from around the world to study how different variations of the virus grow, mutate and make proteins.
    “Scientists are working round the clock to understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, so that we can find its weak spots and beat it. A huge amount of scientific data is being published around the world,” says Eva Novoa, a researcher at the CRG in Barcelona.” https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/cfgr-csc032720.php

  3. Ubu Roi says:

    “A malaria drug that could potentially be used to treat COVID-19 has become the latest political touchpoint of the coronavirus pandemic.
    A meme published on Facebook by Turning Point USA, a conservative group that targets high school and college students, claims Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak bucked doctors’ recommendations and outlawed the use of chloroquine to treat the coronavirus.
    “WHAT?! Nevada’s Leftist Governor Has Banned The Use Of An Anti-Malaria Drug That Might Help Cure Coronavirus!” reads the caption on the meme, which was posted March 25, 2020. “Big Government Is Deadly!” https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/mar/27/turning-point-usa/conservative-group-meme-distorts-nevadas-chloroqui/
    Turning Point USA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turning_Point_USA

  4. Zeitgeist says:

    (FOX News): “After repeatedly mocking President Trump for suggesting on March 19 that hydroxychloroquine could be an effective treatment for coronavirus, media organizations have begun acknowledging that the drug — now approved for emergency use to treat coronavirus by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — may be useful after all.” https://www.foxnews.com/politics/after-mocking-trump-promoting-hydroxychloroquine-media-acknowleges-might-treat-coronavirus
    “Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Arizona woman who said she and her husband drank fish-tank cleaner to ward off coronavirus has donated heavily to Democrats and acknowledges she’s not a Trump supporter — despite news reports that she ingested the dangerous drug because she trusted what she thought was the president’s advice.
    …Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reviewed by The Washington Free Beacon revealed numerous other recipients of Wanda’s cash, including Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the pro-choice EMILY’s List.
    Additionally, Fox News has reviewed a Facebook page apparently belonging to Wanda, which was first identified by the Twitter user Techno Fog.
    “Your psycho prez is in [t]own, are you going to see him?” Wanda wrote on Facebook on Feb. 19, by way of wishing a friend a happy birthday. Trump was in town at a rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on that day.
    Wanda has not replied to multiple requests for comment by Fox News. She deleted her Facebook page after Fox News attempted to contact her there.”

    Re: The Washington Free Beacon see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Free_Beacon

  5. Update says:

    💀 A reporter’s question about hydroxychloroquine led to a testy moment at Sunday’s White House briefing. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/06/coronavirus-trump-interrupts-fauci-hydroxychloroquine-question/2952931001/
    Anthony Fauci was asked his thoughts about the effectiveness of the anti-malaria drug in treating coronavirus patients, and Trump interrupted before the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases could answer.
    “He’s answered that question 15 times,” said Trump, who had spent much of the news conference touting the drug’s potential.
    Earlier in the day, Fauci did answer a question about hydroxychloroquine when he was on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
    “The data are really, just, at best, suggestive,” he said. “There have been cases that show there may be an effect and there are others to show there’s no effect. So, I think in terms of science, I don’t think we could definitively say it works.”
    💀 There was a heated disagreement in the Situation Room this weekend over the efficacy of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine — but multiple sources say it was mostly one-sided, as President Donald Trump’s top trade adviser Peter Navarro feuded with other officials over the drug’s unproven effectiveness to treat coronavirus.
    The debate is not a new one inside the coronavirus task force — and medical experts have repeatedly explained to the President that there is a risk in enthusiastically touting hydroxychloroquine in case the drug doesn’t ultimately work to combat the virus. But other aides and outside advisers have sided with Trump, including Navarro, who is still not a formal part of the task force but has wedged himself into the meetings. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/politics/white-house-malaria-drug-hydroxychloroquine-disagreement/index.html
    💀 “Inside the epic White House fight over hydroxychloroquine” https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-white-house-01306286-0bbc-4042-9bfe-890413c6220d.html

  6. Judas goat says:

    🔺Trump’s Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-malaria-drug.html While Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged caution in using hydroxychloroquine, some doctors are prescribing it to patients who have the virus despite the fact it has never been tested for it.
    🔺”If hydroxychloroquine becomes an accepted treatment, several pharmaceutical companies stand to profit, including shareholders and senior executives with connections to the president. Mr. Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine.” (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-malaria-drug.html
    🔺India’s Modi Set to Supply Hydroxychloroquine to U.S. After Trump Threatens ‘Retaliation’ https://www.newsweek.com/india-narendra-modi-set-supply-hydroxychloroquine-us-donald-trump-threatens-retaliation-1496490
    🔺Bureau Of Prisons Recently Purchased Hydroxychloroquine, Controversial COVID-19 Treatment https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2020/04/07/bureau-of-prisons-recently-purchased-hydroxychloroquine-controversial-covid-19-treatment/#5559be582839
    🔺‘Doctors disagree all the time’: Navarro drags Fauci feud into the open https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/06/navarro-fauci-feud-coronavirus-treatment-167855
    🔺Peter Navarro on his qualifications to disagree with Dr. Anthony Fauci on coronavirus treatments: ‘I’m a social scientist’ https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/politics/peter-navarro-social-scientist-cnntv/index.html

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