×
The email you entered is not valid.
Culture

Illness Is Spreading Unseasonably Fast

Source: https://healthweather.us/analysis/illness-is-spreading-unseasonably-fast

Something odd is happening in homes across the country — Infectious illness is spreading unusually fast for this time of year.

Household Secondary Attack Rate, or SAR, measures how transmissible an infectious disease is within a household. In other words, it’s a measure of how likely someone else in the home is to get sick when one family member becomes ill.

Kinsa data shows that right now, SAR is as high as during the peak of flu season, despite there being very little flu. Two main factors likely drive this abnormal peak in SAR:

  1. Delta variant. According to the CDC, this variant is more transmissible than previously circulating strains. Since a more infectious virus is likely to infect more people in a household, an increase in SAR would follow.. But that isn’t the only thing driving the metric up.
  2. People’s weakened immune systems. After more than a year of pandemic precautions, immune systems are “out of practice” with regular illnesses. Because of this, people are more susceptible to a less-virulent virus simply because their bodies aren’t ready to protect against it. This would cause SAR to increase as well.

Determining the exact cause of this peak requires a lot more study. Kinsa’s data and epidemiology teams are continuing to monitor the trend in Household Secondary Attack Rate closely and will report any interesting findings as we learn them.

To learn more about the data behind this article and what Kinsa has to offer, visit https://www.kinsahealth.co/.

GET WEEKLY ALERTS

Sign up to receive our stories in your inbox.

The email you entered is not valid.

LET US HELP

Data is changing the speed of business. Investors, Corporations, and Governments are buying new, differentiated data to gain visibility make better decisions. Don't fall behind. Let us help.

DATA PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT

Consumer Edge Research

Consumer Edge Insight offers exclusive street-ready big-data products engineered for alpha generation by Data Science Teams & Portfolio Managers alike. CEI offers a number of alternative data products including CE Transact, our leading U.S. credit/debit card insight product (15M cards). CE Transact products provide aggregated revenue signal, deep fundamental cohort analysis and/or granular transaction-level data feeds with unparalleled metadata. Advantages: shortened latency (T+4), better panel representativeness (9M+ daily panel), and metadata integration such as demographics (at cardholder level). All data is cleaned with CEs Advanced Tagging System.

GET WEEKLY ALERTS

Sign up to receive our stories in your inbox.

The email you entered is not valid.

LET US HELP

Data is changing the speed of business. Investors, Corporations, and Governments are buying new, differentiated data to gain visibility make better decisions. Don't fall behind. Let us help.

DATA PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT

Consumer Edge Research

Consumer Edge Insight offers exclusive street-ready big-data products engineered for alpha generation by Data Science Teams & Portfolio Managers alike. CEI offers a number of alternative data products including CE Transact, our leading U.S. credit/debit card insight product (15M cards). CE Transact products provide aggregated revenue signal, deep fundamental cohort analysis and/or granular transaction-level data feeds with unparalleled metadata. Advantages: shortened latency (T+4), better panel representativeness (9M+ daily panel), and metadata integration such as demographics (at cardholder level). All data is cleaned with CEs Advanced Tagging System.