Smartwatches and fitness wearables may detect COVID-19 symptoms

Smartwatches and fitness wearables can play an important role in the early detection of COVID-19, according to some recent studies. In particular, researchers from Mount Sinai found that the Apple Watch can detect small changes in a user’s heart rate that may indicate he or she is positive for COVID-19, a week before he or she feels sick. This could help stop the spread of the disease as the asymptomatic ones will be located and quarantined.

In the Warrior Watch study, Mount Sinai researchers surveyed a group of 297 health care workers from April 29 to September 29, 2020. Participants wore Apple Watches equipped with special applications that measure their heart rate changes. rate (HRV). According to study author Robert P. Hirten, MD, “The clock showed significant changes in HRV measurements up to seven days before individuals became infected with COVID-19.”

A similar study from Stanford University found that participants who wore trackers from Garmin, Fitbit, Apple and others found that 81% of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had changes in resting heart rate for up to nine days. before the onset of symptoms.

“Developing a way of identifying people who may be sick even before they find out they are infected would be a really important breakthrough in the management of COVID-19,” said Dr. Hirten. “This technology allows us not only to monitor and predict health outcomes, but also to intervene promptly and remotely, which is essential during a pandemic that requires people to keep their distance.”

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