• NBA players to wear COVID-19 detecting rings as season resumes

    Date:19 June 2020 Author: ilhaam Bardien

    As the NBA plans to restart the 2019 – 2020 season on 30 July using facilities at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, they are ensuring that they take precautions with regard to COVID-19.

    Players will be given the option to wear an Oura smart ring, which detects if and when they show symptoms of COVID-19. In a tweet, the NBA said, “NBA players will wear a ‘smart ring’ at Disney World,” adding that, “The Oura smart ring is capable of predicting COVID-19 symptoms up to 3 days in advance with 90% accuracy. The ring can measure body temperature, respiratory functions and heart rate.”

    In April, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco began a study on the smart ring to determine whether information including body temperature, in conjunction with a daily symptom survey, could detect the onset of COVID-19. The study was set to be 3 months long and aimed to develop an algorithm that is able to predict symptoms of the virus, according to CNet.

    According to the NBA’s new health and safety memo for the season, which was obtained by Associated Press, players will be given various pieces of tech to use during the season.


    Image: Twitter / NBA Central

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