Smart Ring detect Coronavirus infection before symptoms appear with 90% accuracy

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A team of scientists and doctors tries to detect a person with coronavirus before symptoms appear by examining the data recorded with a wearable smart ring to stop infection with the disease in the early stages.

This smart ring uses artificial intelligence to detect virus infection before symptoms appear. It targets hospital workers who can develop the disease without showing symptoms and pass it on without knowing other patients or their relatives.

The coronavirus’s ability to hide in the human body without the appearance of symptoms is one of the factors that helped spread this virus. In some cases, it can take up to five days for people with symptoms to start feeling. During this time, they can spread the disease to new people without realizing that they themselves are sick.

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“There are a large number of people on the front lines who are infected and do not know this,” said Dr. Ali Rezai, a neurosurgeon at the University of West Virginia Medical University.

Rezaei, who is leading the new project, has partnered with Oura Health, the maker of wearable devices, that makes the smart ring that constantly records temperature, sleep patterns, activity levels, and heart rate changes.

“People wear the ring, they get our app, and they fill out a questionnaire every morning for five minutes while they play some games,” Rezaei added.

By training an AI algorithm on all of this data, collected from tens of thousands of users and categorized by infected people, Rezaei says he already sees clear correlations between temperature changes and the onset of Covid-19 disease.

His team is currently running an experiment in which he constantly monitors the special biometrics of about a thousand doctors, nurses, and hospital staff by wearing an Aura ring and recording data on the accompanying application.

Rezaei says that the algorithm has so far been able to predict injuries approximately 24 hours before the first symptoms appear, with an accuracy of 90%. With more data, he hopes to add a day or two from the start of the symptoms.

“The goal is to use the Aura technology, our framework, and our application to predict the emergence of symptoms, and to identify health care workers on the front lines before they feel the symptoms, to reduce the spread of the disease,” Rezaei said.

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Herbert Ray, CEO of Ora Health, told Futuresme.com that clients who had been warned through the ring that they would get the flu or had a fever the next two days laughed at first, then found themselves bedridden.

One user of the ring wrote on his Facebook account that the ring warned him of the possibility of getting sick soon because of fluctuations in its temperature. So he went and got a test for the coronavirus, it was positive, and he was able to quarantine sooner than if he had waited for flu-like symptoms to appear.

But regardless of the users who share their health data, Ray says that Aura usually does not conduct research studies and does not participate in the ongoing anti-Corona project; it only makes the ring.

“The idea of ​​monitoring with wearable devices like this has been around for some time, but to improve their performance, we need more work and data on the health and cost-effectiveness of these new technologies,” Liu told the magazine.

“Permanent monitoring is definitely the future when these kinds of wearable devices are simply integrated into our system of life,” Liu added.

The United States of America is most affected by the deadly epidemic, killing 20,555 out of more than 532,000 people infected with the virus. The total number of injured people globally is more than one million and 776 thousand injured, and more than 108 thousand dead.

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