TAMPA, Fla. - Thermometer company Kinsa is tracking real-time reporting of flu-like symptoms across the country and Florida appears to be worse off than the rest of the country.
According to Kinsa’s map, the majority of Florida has a 3% higher prevalence of “unusually elevated prevalence of flu-like symptoms.”
Kinsa said it is not measuring COVID-19 infections -- or flu infections, for that matter. However, Kinsa pointed out one of the main symptoms reported to be associated with the novel coronavirus disease is a high fever.
“There are a number of possible causes, all of which may be contributing to elevations in reported illness levels,” Kinsa’s website said.
“That said, since March 1 we’ve seen a very strong correlation between cumulative atypical illness incidence and positive COVID-19 tests…which suggests that our data provides a useful indication of where COVID-19 may likely be occurring,” the website stated.
Read more about how Kinsa, a California-based company, collects and uses data collected by digital thermometers to analyze and predict illnesses: https://content.kinsahealth.com/en-us/atypical-illness-faq
This is not a map of COVID-19 infections. "This map shows regions where Kinsa has detected unusually high levels of illness." ~Kinsa