September 09, 2020 | Mark Lewis
Stopping the Spread
Recently, I’ve read a series of articles with the same theme — spreading COVID. It’s really fueled my desire to get FeverGuard to market as quickly as possible to stop the spread and save lives!
Not Happily Ever After
The first story was about a wedding that took place in Millinocket, Maine, an area of the country that until recently had zero COVID cases. Nevertheless the intimate wedding of 62 people has led so far to 147 COVID cases and three deaths. One of the people who died wasn’t even a guest at the wedding.
A 31-year-old woman in Brazil spent most of her high-risk pregnancy isolated. But her friends surprised her with a baby shower where she contracted COVID and died.
And, right in my hometown of Pleasanton, California, a skilled nursing facility had seven residents and one employee die from COVID.
Early Detection — It Really Matters
What do all of these stories share in common? Early symptom detection could have caught the infection early and slowed its spread. And a spike in temperature is one of the most common early symptoms. One that FeverGuard is built to detect — as it’s happening. FeverGuard just doesn’t tell you when you have a fever. It tells when you might be getting a fever, based on taking your temperature once every four seconds 24x7. It gives you a head start.
According to Stanford University School of Medicine Professor Dr. Julie Parsonnet, the world’s leading authority on temperature and advisor to Solos Health Analytics, “During a pandemic and even under normal conditions, a day or two’s warning can be critical to improving health and preventing infection transmission.”
According to Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, “the actual rates of asymptomatic transmission aren’t yet known.” Researchers say anywhere from 25 to 80 percent of people with COVID-19 are unaware they have the virus allowing the disease to run rampant throughout communities. “Any small cluster can become a large cluster very quickly,” says Dr. Abraar Karan, an internal medicine specialist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts. “All it takes is one person who is very infectious to feasibly infect many people in a short period of time.”
A Fever in the Making
Those within the medical community immediately grasp what a game-changer FeverGuard is for virus containment. However, without understanding of why fever is such an important biomarker, you might think, “By the time FeverGuard detects a fever will it be too late to prevent the spread of COVID and an infected individual may have already unknowingly passed on a virus.”
But that’s precisely why FeverGuard is so effective. It detects a “fever in the making.” It provides that one-or-two-day warning Dr. Parsonnet considers so important. When an individual's temperature begins to spike, FeverGuard transmits an instantaneous warning, letting them know they might be developing a fever, the cause of which could be exposure to a virus.
A person wearing FeverGuard has time to warn others, self-isolate, and quarantine sooner. And these actions can drastically reduce the spread of disease. Without a FeverGuard, the same individual might only become aware of symptoms 24 to 48 hours later. And that’s a critical difference. This early warning system can reduce exposure to others by about 66 percent.
Infectious diseases are MOST contagious during the fever stage and FeverGuard can significantly limit the duration of exposure during this phase. The amount of time a contagious person interacts with others is the most important indicator of the likelihood of becoming infected. A one-hour flight might not infect an individual, but a five-hour flight is exponentially riskier.
Happily Ever After
FeverGuard is the only tool available for early fever detection on an individualized basis. That means we don’t accept the medical standard that 100.4 °F is a fever. Everyone’s normal body temperature is different. What’s a fever for you, might not be a fever for your friend, co-worker or neighbor. FeverGuard knows that, so it can detect an anomaly quickly — keeping you, your family, your co-workers, and the community at large safer. I wish our local nursing home here in Pleasanton had been using FeverGuard because the early alerting may have lessened the loss of life and contained community spread. And that would have made all of us safer.
P.S. To our friends at Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – first of all please accept our condolences. If would like to arm your staff with FeverGuard email to let us know and we will provide them at no cost.