Stanford researchers have started a study to find out if Apple Watch can detect Covid-19. Apple's wearable device can collect data such as ECG and respiratory rate and Stanford researchers are now trying to understand if, through these data, it is possible for Apple Watch to detect situations of probable contagion from Covid-19.
The research involves studying the data collected by Apple Watch provided to the university by volunteers, owners of Apple Watch and other wearable devices. Right now Stanford is still looking for participants for his study and everyone can take part.Stanford's research focuses on the functions of Apple Watch and other wearable devices, such as Fitbit, to understand if they can be used to track infectious diseases. The goal is to find an easy and affordable way for many to predict the onset of the disease, even before the arrival of any symptoms.
Currently, researchers are asking for willingness to collaborate in the parson study who have had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or who have been exposed to someone who has been infected, people at risk (healthcare professionals or pharmacists).
To participate in the study you will always need to wear your device, download an app, complete a survey on symptoms daily, export the data collected from the watch and allow researchers access to their electronic medical records.The study will last two years at the most, but Stanford is confident that the first phase of data collection will be completed in a few weeks. The second phase, on the other hand, involves the creation of a personal dashboard that notifies people of the likely infection.
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