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(The New York Times)   Internet-connected thermometers used for predicting the spread of flu might be tracking COVID-19 in real time -- something previously impossible, given the lack of testing for the disease   (nytimes.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Influenza, Common cold, Kinsa Health, thermometer data, Fever, World Health Organization, Kinsa's interactive maps, Kinsa's latest map  
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2020-03-21 8:38:50 AM  
The thermometer can tell if you have a fever, but it cannot determine if the only cure is more cowbell.
 
2020-03-21 8:43:46 AM  
FTA: Dr. Nirav Shah, a former New York State health commissioner who is an adviser to Kinsa, said real-time fever data "could speed up public health the way Twitter sped up the news cycle."

Oh, great. So we *are* all gonna die.
 
2020-03-21 9:28:12 AM  
I would be the first to say"what the hell do we need smart thermometers for", but that is damned cool and useful for data like that.

/until they use it on the next pandemic to drag you off to the incinerator
 
2020-03-21 9:43:52 AM  
basically:

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2020-03-21 10:01:32 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The thermometer can tell if you have a fever, but it cannot determine if the only cure is more cowbell.


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2020-03-21 10:03:12 AM  

basemetal: I would be the first to say"what the hell do we need smart thermometers for", but that is damned cool and useful for data like that.

/until they use it on the next pandemic to drag you off to the incinerator


Absolutely a great tool for humanity right here, but I'm not hooking myself up unless/until it can be guaranteed it will be used properly.
 
2020-03-21 10:55:46 AM  

BenSaw2: basemetal: I would be the first to say"what the hell do we need smart thermometers for", but that is damned cool and useful for data like that.

/until they use it on the next pandemic to drag you off to the incinerator

Absolutely a great tool for humanity right here, but I'm not hooking myself up unless/until it can be guaranteed it will be used properly.


So, when you're dead, and your estate has zero value?
 
2020-03-21 11:08:18 AM  
I stuck my phone up my butt now what?
 
2020-03-21 11:12:43 AM  

Kick The Chair: I stuck my phone up my butt now what?


What's your number?
 
2020-03-21 12:08:18 PM  
Things don't look great for Florida:

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Unless it is picking up on all the Spring Breakers getting the Clap.
 
2020-03-21 12:11:15 PM  
Unfortunately all the Internet connected thermometers are rectal
 
2020-03-21 12:30:25 PM  
It gives urban-biased data because "the gub'mint is spying on my brainwaves" folks won't use these thermometers.
 
2020-03-21 12:33:59 PM  

Ambitwistor: It gives urban-biased data because "the gub'mint is spying on my brainwaves" folks won't use these thermometers.


Literally all crowd sourced data like this is going to have an Urban bias, most of them are just population density maps essentially *queue the XKCD comic for this*
 
2020-03-21 12:38:09 PM  

KiefKommando: Ambitwistor: It gives urban-biased data because "the gub'mint is spying on my brainwaves" folks won't use these thermometers.

Literally all crowd sourced data like this is going to have an Urban bias, most of them are just population density maps essentially *queue the XKCD comic for this*


Population density is easy to correct on geographical data.  I assumed they already did that in the "anomalous" maps.  Really, you can also correct for the bias I mentioned too, knowing where the thermometers are deployed.  It just drives up the uncertainty (not reported) in areas where there aren't thermometers.
 
2020-03-21 12:47:31 PM  

Unobtanium: FTA: Dr. Nirav Shah, a former New York State health commissioner who is an adviser to Kinsa, said real-time fever data "could speed up public health the way Twitter sped up the news cycle."

Oh, great. So we *are* all gonna die.


Every morning at 5am there will be a new fever posted from the White House.
 
2020-03-21 12:55:08 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Things don't look great for Florida:

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Unless it is picking up on all the Spring Breakers getting the Clap.


That makes me worry.  Just talked to my folks and there were no cases in their fl county.  They are right smack dab in the grey island in the peninsula.  Completely surrounded by red.  Probably one of the most rural part of the state
 
2020-03-21 1:39:57 PM  
So, how are they getting around HIPPA laws here?
 
2020-03-21 1:46:20 PM  
I can see my house from there.

Good thing I'm not there.
 
2020-03-21 2:42:54 PM  

lifeslammer: So, how are they getting around HIPPA laws here?


Easy. As long as the information isn't identifiable (that is, they cannot trace a given reading to the exact person) then HIPAA doesn't come into play.

(Remember, HIPAA isn't a HIPPO.)

\ Yes, I know it's pronounced HIPPA.
 
2020-03-21 3:03:05 PM  

Kick The Chair: I stuck my phone up my butt now what?


Do *not* put it under your tongue, wash it first.

/that's a mistake you only make once!
 
2020-03-21 3:16:59 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: lifeslammer: So, how are they getting around HIPPA laws here?

Easy. As long as the information isn't identifiable (that is, they cannot trace a given reading to the exact person) then HIPAA doesn't come into play.

(Remember, HIPAA isn't a HIPPO.)

\ Yes, I know it's pronounced HIPPA.


https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/24/res​e​archers-spotlight-the-lie-of-anonymous​-data/

Researchers from two universities in Europe have published a method they say is able to correctly re-identify 99.98% of individuals in anonymized data sets with just 15 demographic attributes.
 
2020-03-21 3:24:57 PM  
Things don't look great for Florida:

The Everglades look pretty good in that Florida chart.

/Kinda like the night-time satellite photos of the Korean Peninsula.
 
2020-03-21 4:13:24 PM  
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And it also takes your temperature.
 
2020-03-21 4:52:15 PM  
Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers to households in which two million people reside,

Damn those are big houses
 
2020-03-21 5:03:03 PM  

LockeOak: Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers to households in which two million people reside,

Damn those are big houses


Bad phrasing aside, this is an example of "you are the product".
 
2020-03-21 5:19:28 PM  

Saiga410: Mad_Radhu: Things don't look great for Florida:

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Unless it is picking up on all the Spring Breakers getting the Clap.

That makes me worry.  Just talked to my folks and there were no cases in their fl county.  They are right smack dab in the grey island in the peninsula.  Completely surrounded by red.  Probably one of the most rural part of the state



My sister and mother are in that same grey area.  I just invited them up to VT, but that's not going to happen.
 
2020-03-21 9:37:45 PM  

HighlanderRPI: Unfortunately all the Internet connected thermometers are rectal


That's a feature.
 
2020-03-21 10:18:00 PM  
What if I don't have WiFi in my house? Will they install a Cat6 jack in my colon?
 
2020-03-21 10:55:13 PM  

Tom Marvolo Bombadil: HighlanderRPI: Unfortunately all the Internet connected thermometers are rectal

That's a feature.


I have one of them and it really does have the options of rectal, oral, and underarm.
 
2020-03-22 8:51:01 AM  

Riche: What if I don't have WiFi in my house? Will they install a Cat6 jack in my colon?


Only if you're into that sort of thing.
 
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