Wearables can be important weapons in detecting COVID-19

Wearables like smartwatch and smart bands can prove to be a great weapon in case detection COVID-19, according to new studies. In particular, researchers from Mount Sinai found that the Apple Watch can detect small changes in the user’s heart rate, which means that they may be infected.

In fact, the impressive thing is that the tracking can be done a whole week before the first symptoms appear. His team research Mount Sinai held in 297 people working in the health sector between 29 April and 29 September. Everyone who participated wore an Apple Watch and one special applications which measured heart rate variability.

However, a similar study was conducted at his University Stanford, with the difference that the participants wore different trackers, such as Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung and Apple. In this research the results were that 81% of COVID-19 positive cases had changes in their heart rate up to 9.5 days ago.

Of course, do not forget that some companies are already working on wearables who can detect COVID-19 several days before the first symptoms appear. But if we can with some application to convert existing ones to tracking devices, then it will be a big step for the valid cessation of the spread of the virus by someone who has been infected without knowing it.


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