San Francisco, C.A. – Many states have taken drastic steps to help curb the coronavirus spread. California and New York are two of the biggest and earliest adopters of stay-home measures for their citizens. Many other states followed the same plan to restrict individuals in their states. But are the coronavirus restrictions helping? One company says the data appears to show it is.
San Francisco based Kinsa Health, which produces smart thermometers, indicates that their data is showing a decrease in influenza like illness. The coronavirus, or COVID-19, would fall into this category of illness. Kinsa has been receiving over 100,000 daily temperature readings across the United States since the pandemic began.
According to the graphic on their website, the amount of influenza like illness has dropped below what would be expected based on historical data. The company quickly suggests that this does not mean that COVID-19 does not exist. But it means that the measures to control spread are working. This is good news for the US.
The data does show that there are high concentrations of influenza like illness around the New York City and across 4 states in the southern US. All of these areas are known hot spots for COVID-19 infection. The expectation was that after 2 weeks of social distancing, the US would see a decrease in the rapid growth of infections.
President Trump recently announced an expansion of the social restriction recommendation across the country. While measures will not prevent the virus from spreading, it will hopefully slow it down and allow the healthcare system to maintain. Stay tuned to The Liberty Loft for all the latest updates.
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