So, I finally bought the fancy Kinsa crowdsourcing thermometer that Rachel Maddow recommended at the beginning of the pandemic. (No fear. I am fine if the Gubment watches my temperature for the Greater Good.) I promptly took my temperature, and a then few days later I got an email from a nurse.
Kinsa’s Nurse Blake here, writing to you from my living room in Colorado. I’m the clinician that writes all of the medical guidance you’ll see in your Kinsa app and in additional guidance emails. I’m writing to introduce myself so you aren’t alarmed if I reach out to you if someone in your household falls ill.
With two now-tween girls of my own and a background in a hospital NICU, pediatric and adult units, I’m all too familiar with the panic that sets in when a family member - especially a little one - is sick.
'Is this serious? Should I be worried? Is it safe to care for this from home, or should I talk to my doc or go to the hospital? What can I do to keep myself or my child comfortable?'
Your mind just spins and spins.
Think of Kinsa as a tiny nurse in your pocket, there to quiet the panic and answer these common questions.
If you take a feverish temperature or enter a symptom, you have age-specific medical guidance at your fingertips. All this medical guidance is vetted against the American Academy of Pediatrics / American Academy of Family Practice, then triple-checked by Kinsa's on-staff doctors.
To supplement the guidance you see in the app, I’ll likely also follow up with you via email with a more detailed care guide to keep you (or your little one) comfortable at home.
While I don’t hope to speak to you anytime soon 😉 , if anyone in your household falls ill - I’m here for you!
I am FULLY freaked out. Am I reading this right? She'll be monitoring our temperatures? In case we get fevers? And then sending me an email? A stranger? I signed up to have my temperature crowdsourced. I didn't sign up for a FRIEND who says she'll be watching me AND MY CHILDREN.