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Cerabino: Feverish Florida is supposed to be tested for coronavirus? - News - The Palm Beach Post

The Thermometer App Announces Florida as the Next Problem Area for COVID-19

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There is reason to believe that Florida will soon become a hot spot for coronavirus.

It is included in data compiled by a company that uses smart thermometers connected to a phone application to track the spread of flu-like fever across the country.

Kinsa Health’s United States Health Weather Map shows rising and falling fevers as the country travels through the annual flu season. The Public Health Company has implemented over one million Bluetooth-connected thermometers to transfer current heat data.

When the traditional flu season ends, the number of fever registered on the thermometer is expected to decrease over time.

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But as COVID-19 gradually rolled out this month in the United States, there is atypical fever in the data.

And nowhere in America has the current number of atypical fevers registered more than Florida.

A look at photographs of the country (https://healthweather.us) shows that almost the entire state of Florida has experienced the greatest atypical fever.

And while the total number of hot spots will drop by about 11 percent with the end of the traditional flu season, the number of atypical hot spots will increase anywhere from 1.1 percent to 1.5 percent in the state.

“Note: We do not claim that this information is representative of COVID-19,” the company website explains. “However, we expect that our data will produce higher-than-anticipated flu-like symptoms in areas where a large pandemic will affect large people.

“We believe that this information, along with other information points, can be useful early indicators of where and how quickly the virus is spreading.”

The logical reaction to this information would be to aggressively target areas with atypical fevers and test for coronavirus. Preventing the spread of the virus is the best way to isolate those who show a positive virus and those who have been in close contact with those people.

But it doesn’t happen.

Palm Beach County – the state’s third most populous county with nearly 1.5 million inhabitants and daily New York City assaults every day – has one of the largest coronavirus testing facilities in West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County should be your testing paradise. And yet, the county has the lowest testing rate among the state’s seven largest counties – 81 per 100,000 county residents,

This week, the Palm Beach County government tried to get through a test site run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But the federal government denied the request.

This is crazy.

President Donald Trump has moved on by saying “Every test taker gets a test” on March 6, saying this Wednesday, 19 days later:

“We are testing more now than anyone. No one is even close, “Trump said.” And our tests are the best tests. They are the most accurate tests.

“But if you say we test 350 million people …”

Arggh! Nobody demands testing 350 million people. Stop with the wrong choices.

The task at hand is to test sick or susceptible people, particularly in the area where the coronavirus is ready to spread.

A test failure means that sick people spread the virus quickly in a way that dramatically destroys the health care system.

Intensive care expert Hugh Montgomery, director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London, brought it up recently during an interview on BBC television.

With Mill flu, the average sick person infects about 1.4 people, he said. And if that happens 10 times, one sick person is responsible for 14 people’s flu.

But when COVID-19 is more infectious, every person who gets it passes it on to three other people on average, Montgomery said.

“Now that’s not a big difference,” he said. “But if each of these three transfers it to three, and so place on 10 floors, 59 I am responsible for infecting 000 people.”

So getting the “best test” from scratch boasts the moment when people who really need tests cannot get them.

The data points to Florida. Help.

fcerabino@pbost.com

@FranklyFlorida