Wearables For Coronavirus Screening Examined

By Zach Segal, Published Dec 10, 2020, 09:34am EST (Info+)

Fever Screening is widely used to detect coronavirus as a fast but much less accurate alternative to actual coronavirus tests.

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Can vital signs like heart rate and respiration rate that are measured by smartwatches and other wearables be used as a better coronavirus test alternative than fever screening? IPVM investigates research into using Fitbit, wearables (e.g., Garmin) connected to Apple Healthkit or Google Fit, and Oura.

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Comments (4)

Wearables seemed like a good solution until we started discussing contact tracing and collecting data.

One unit we looked at required the user to upload the data manually to a central data based, strictly on an honor system. in addition, if you wanted contact tracing, the user was required to manually enter everyone they made contact with through the workday.

Another unit we looked at required everyone to physically turn ion the wearable to be uploaded. I felt this created a super spreader risk.

Many of these are a good idea for personal use but fall short in many ways for business needs.

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Whoop has been making noise about early detection as well.

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There are definitely more companies working on early detection. It will be interesting to see what comes of all the research and development.

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I've been using my Garmin to keep an eye on my PulseOx (oxygen saturation)

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