Map, Based On Digital Thermometer, Was Praised For Accuracy In Early Days Of COVID. Map Now Shows Increasing Local Transmission.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Remember the “Kinsa Map?” The map — which received national attention in the early days of COVID-19 for its accuracy — is predicting trouble ahead for Palm Beach County. The map uses realtime data from users of the Kinsa digital thermometer and is considered a legitimate transmission tracker.
The Kinsa system compares fever reports and and other metrics against what is “normal” for a certain time of year. It is showing an upward trend in Palm Beach County, raising more questions about the latest positivity reports from the Florida Department of Health revealing questionably low numbers.
“The past few weeks have brought some optimism as daily COVID-19 case counts have trended downward at a national level. However, regional trends in Kinsa data show that illness transmission (Rt) is rising again in many parts of the country — particularly in the southeast and central Plains regions — suggesting that this downward trend in new infections may plateau or even reverse in the coming weeks. The faster rate of illness spread that Kinsa is observing does not appear to be driven by widespread policy changes, as states have not notably loosened restrictions. It is possible that a false sense of security and fatigue from this long fight against the virus are causing people to let down their guard.”
“The faster rate of illness spread that Kinsa is observing does not appear to be driven by widespread policy changes, as states have not notably loosened restrictions. It is possible that a false sense of security and fatigue from this long fight against the virus are causing people to let down their guard.”
The report is one more datapoint for parents to consider as they decide whether to send their children back to “in person” school. All signs point to Palm Beach County reopening brick-and-mortar schools shortly after Labor Day.
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