‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

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‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time
Those experts, Mr. Singh said, found the data to be more accurate than Google’s Flu Trends,
which Google shut down three years ago after it missed the peak of the 2013-2014 season.
Hospitalization and death rates, though climbing, are still lower than was expected, Dr. Jernigan added,
even though most of this season’s cases are H3N2, which is typically the most deadly seasonal strain.
“There’s lots of flu in lots of places,” said Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the C. D.C.’s flu division.
Although 20 children and teenagers have already died of flu or its consequences,
the 2014-2015 season — the one this season most closely resembles — killed 148.
By contrast, New York, New England and the Southeast have had relatively mild seasons so far, but cases are rising and should peak in two weeks.


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