Amid a Second Wave of the Flu, Area Schools Use Technology to Stop the Virus from Spreading

Written by on February 21, 2020

Amid a Second Wave of the Flu, Area Schools Use Technology to Stop the Virus from Spreading

By K.C. Lopez

February 21, 2020

Flu season isn’t over. Here in Pennsylvania, the virus recently claimed the life of a second grader outside of Philadelphia.

WLVR’S K.C. Lopez reports several elementary schools across the region are using smart thermometers to track the flu in real time. 

The Kinsa FLUency program allows nurses, teachers and families to connect through an app that tracks what illness is circulating in classrooms. Parents can record a child’s temperature and symptoms anonymously. And when symptoms get serious, the app will even advise parents to visit a pediatrician.

Dr. Robin Conboy, Principle at St. Isidore Catholic School in Quakertown is trying it.

“It has the ability to not only take a temperature but to help us monitor when there’s fevers, or for parents to put in information about coughs, flu symptoms, and so we’re better able to track and monitor what’s going on in our school building, says Dr. Conboy.

St. Isidore is among forty-four other schools utilizing smart thermometers and the FLUency program in Pennsylvania including CAI Learning Academy in Allentown.

Watch K.C.’s full PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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