• Wearable tech can indicate COVID-19 infection

    Date:1 June 2020 Author: Leila Stein

    Two studies have found that wearable devices, like smart watches, can indicate a possible coronavirus infection before the wearer even knows they are sick.

    According to The Washington Post, two academic studies, using data from wearable devices, have made similar discoveries with regards to this tech as an early-warning device.

    Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute in West Virginia,USA, reported that Oura ring data, combined with an app to measure cognition and other symptoms, can predict up to three days in advance when people will register a fever, coughing or shortness of breath.

    Researchers at Stanford University considered the heart rate measured on Fitbits and noticed a patient’s heart rate jump nine days before reporting symptoms.

    These smartwatches were initially designed to help people keep moving but have since grown, to monitor heart beat and even call an ambulance for you if you’re in distress.

    While this is not without its problems, especially since it can’t be proven to work ever single time, this singular pandemic has allowed researchers to access huge pools of data.

    “Because everybody is going through this, it is an opportunity for us to collect data from essentially the entire population, which is very unique,” said Duke University professor Ryan Shaw who is leading a study on coronavirus smartphone and smartwatch named ‘Covidentify’.

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