FL: Fevers Are Rising Among Seniors, Possibly Due to Vaccines
The spike could be a sign of vaccines taking hold
New data shows a steep increase in the number of elderly Floridians experiencing a fever. This increase coincides with 6% of the Florida population being vaccinated against COVID-19.
At the beginning of February, fevers among some age groups were trending upwards as COVID-19 cases in the state continued their decline. There is a small uptick in the 40-60 age group, and fevers among the 18- to 25-year-old Florida population have been on the rise after hitting a low not seen since October. Over the past two weeks, the 61+ population broke away from the pack, with fevers sharply increasing. Now, the level of fevers among this population is nearing the peak it hit in August.
There are many possible reasons for the unexpected increase, but one possible explanation is that it’s a sign the vaccine is working. While fever is often an early symptom of COVID, it’s also a common reaction to the vaccine. Since Gov. DeSantis prioritized vaccines for the 65 and older group, the spike in fevers could simply be our network of smart thermometers registering a common side effect of the shot.
If that’s the case, we expect to see these numbers level off at a stable rate without a noticeable increase in COVID cases. We would also likely see similar increases among younger groups as vaccine distribution progresses. Since there is also a state-wide increase in the percentage of the population with fever, another explanation is we are detecting a spike in COVID cases before they reach the healthcare system and receive tests.
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