Using Wearables to Detect Covid

Here’s one I never would have thought of. Check this out. What you will see is an article describing research currently underway to determine if “wearables” can predict who is going to come down with COVID-19. How? By detecting small increases in temperature and heart rate, and by examining changes in the ratio of activity to sleep. 

The big challenge here? Figuring out which changes are the result of COVID-19 vs. other causes.  

Up to 1 million patients will be enrolled in the trials, and the analytics aren’t simple, so don’t expect results anytime soon. 

Bottom Line. MOREOVER. The article goes on to conclude that, as usual, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Issues of data quality and legal liability, among others, make this approach riskier than it might seem at first glance. 

Interesting stuff!

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