COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Some southern Colorado schools are using new technology to fight COVID-19 and the flu this year, including schools right here in Colorado Springs.
They're participating in the Kinsa FLUency health program, which uses smart thermometers to track and help stop the spread of illness.
Through the program, all families receive free smart thermometers. The families are instructed to complete daily fever and symptom screenings, and record results on an app.
They're then able to see compiled, anonymous information on any symptoms and illnesses going around the school. These early insights also help nurses act with real-time data in order to stop an outbreak before it happens, a spokesperson for Kinsa told KRDO.
So far, Centennial Elementary School, Colorado Springs Charter School, Harrison School, and James Irwin Charter School have opted into the program in Colorado Springs.
There are 25 schools in Colorado participating in the FLUency program this year, and over 3,600 nationwide.