Published: Sat, January 18, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

North Carolina health officials: 11 flu deaths last week

North Carolina health officials: 11 flu deaths last week

Sleep and resting heart rate (RHR) are likely to differ from the norm in response to acute infection, especially when it is accompanied by fever: "When someone is unwell, their RHR increases, their total sleep is likely to increase, and their activity is likely to decline", explain the authors.

The rate of influenza hospitalizations for the week was 19.9 per 100,000 population, up from 14.6 per 100,000 and similar to what has been seen during this time in previous seasons, the CDC said. From the 200,000, 47,248 users from California, Texas, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania wore a Fitbit consistently during the period.

Lead researcher Jennifer Radin says that resting heart rate tends to spike when an individual is sick and drops back down to normal after they've recovered. The results, published in The Lancet Digital Health journal, showed that by using Fitbit data, state-wide predictions of flu outbreaks were improved and accelerated.

Fitbit's privacy policy on their website states that users' information could be shared for research and surveys.

While there's a lot of flu activity, the CDC says hospitalizations and deaths are not high at this point in the season.

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A statement released by the health ministry said , "An infection with a novel coronavirus has been reported from China ". The woman identified in Thailand , who is in a stable condition, said she did not visit the Wuhan seafood market.

Some key indicators that track U.S. flu activity declined a bit last week but remain high, and influenza B continues to slightly predominate the 2019-20 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly FluView update.

Saqib Shahab said North American is experiencing a unique flu season where both strains are circulating at the same time.

Despite the limitations, Radin says this model can help public health responders stop the spread of infection.

"It's really important that we make sure people get vaccinated, they get their vaccinations as soon as possible if they haven't had it already".

Obviously more studies need to be carried out in order to ascertain the reliability of using data from the wearable to detect flu but as Rosalind Eggo, a public health expert at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine puts it, the study is an indication that fitness trackers hold some promise as a disease surveillance tool. But people under 24 are showing up at the ER much more often than other age groups, according to a university memo.

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