Fitness bracelets be the coronavirus testers?

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Scientists at Stanford University, in collaboration with the Scripps Research laboratory and the manufacturer of portable gadgets Fitbit, are working on a system that will allow you to use your bracelets and smartwatches to detect the most coronavirus infection as early as possible so that a person can self-isolate, start treatment and prevent other people from becoming infected.

According to Michael Snyder, a professor at the Stanford University of Medicine, fitness wristbands and other portable devices take hundreds of thousands of different measurements a day, making gadgets powerful monitoring tools. “My laboratory wants to use this potential, all this data and see if we can identify patients at an early stage, preferably before they feel sick,” he said.

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To this end, the project participants intend to analyze changes in heart rate, respiration, temperature and pressure at an early stage of coronavirus disease. Fitbit will allocate 1,000 smartwatches for testing and develop the necessary software for them.



Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on a similar project: the researchers are testing a compact home device that can track the respiratory rate of a patient with a mild form of Covid-19. If the patient gets worse, the device will notify both him and the doctors. First of all, such a device can be useful for elderly patients who do not recognize the deterioration of their condition in time.

Recall earlier, Apple and Google announced the creation of a common system that will follow the spread of the coronavirus using smartphones. The new system will use Bluetooth wireless technology, which has a short-range, as well as applications approved by health authorities.

These applications will collect data on the exchange of Bluetooth signals with other smartphones, creating a kind of user contact card. If he passes a positive test for the coronavirus, he can indicate this in the application, after which the system will send notifications on the potential risk of infection to other connected users who were next to the infected.

According to the researchers, the use of the system is supposed to be voluntary.


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