The number of people infected by the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing every day. Now the tech world is around the possibility of tracking early signs of COVID-19 with the help of smartwatches and fitness trackers.
Now smartwatches not just track your activities but can also track some critical health metrics such as ECG, heart rhythm, blood pressure and blood oxygen level, etc. ECG is an advanced feature in the latest smartwatches, and DigitMize.com has a list of best ECG Smartwatches.
How Smartwatches identify COVID -19?
In a healthy person, sometimes, COVID-19 does not cause any symptoms at least at the initial stage of infection. Still, the person is potentially capable of infecting other people around him or her.
However, when a person infected by the flu-like diseases, there will be changes in their vital signs such as heart rate, temperature, and blood oxygen level.
A Smartwatch can quickly identify any changes in its user’s vital signs even before they understand about the infection. This helps them to get medical attention as early as possible, and it helps them to protect themself and also the others around them.
Certain researchers have been done on the possibility of early detection of flu-like symptoms, and most of the researches proved that smartwatches and other wearables devices might be helpful in the detection of symptoms.
A study conducted by Stanford University also proved that the early signs of COVID-19 could be identified by the Apple and Fitbit devices.
The study was conducted by a team lead by Professor Michael Snyder, and they collected the data of 31 patients those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Upon examine the past smartwatch data of COVID-19 positive patients, 80% of data shows the possible signs of infection. They also found that the smartwatches were capable of tracking data before three days. In some cases, the smartwatches were capable of picking the signs even before nine days.
The wearable manufacturers like Fitbit devices also used in the research for the early identification of COVID-19 and other flu-like symptoms. Fitbit also allows its users to join their research by providing your fitness and health data.
Wearing a smartwatch help you closely monitor your health and fitness data, and it also allows you to track any changes in your health metrics at an early stage. If you are planning to buy a smartwatch, then go for an advanced smartwatch that provides health metrics such as heart rate, ECG, skin temperature, and blood oxygen for early identification of flu-like diseases.