Bryan Walsh
Jun 12, 2021 - Health

4. NY smart-thermometer network could predict next COVID wave

Illustration of a Kinsa thermometer with EKG lines in the background
Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo courtesy Kinsa

New York City will harness data from thousands of internet-connected smart thermometers to identify future outbreaks days or even weeks before case numbers start rising.

Why it matters: By the time large numbers of sick people start showing up in hospitals, it's often too late to quickly curb a new outbreak. But devices that can instantly alert health officials when unusual fevers are popping up in households can give them time to stop further spread.

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