What if we could pinpoint three weeks in advance which regions can expect covid-19 outbreaks? We can.
You, too, probably never heard of Kinsa, founded in 2012 by public health specialist Inder Singh. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer uses a special thermometer and an accompanying Internet app as an early warning system for the spread of disease, most recently, covid-19.
Kinsa aggregates data well before the ill person sees a doctor or visits the hospital. The program applies artificial intelligence to identify pockets of expected illness even before they can emerge.
Data from Kinsa’s 1.5 million smart thermometers distributed nationwide has been validated in peer-reviewed research. It was shown to provide a three-week leading indicator of covid cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Kinsa also initiated a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, modeled from Kinsa’s successful FLUency School health program, now in its sixth year, which