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Health Tech: COVID-19 Wearables Study

One challenge with the virus pandemic is finding out who is sick. Your smart watch may hold the answer!

Healthcare professionals don’t know who is going to get sick next from the pandemic. Researchers at Stanford Medicine are recruiting subjects to see if wearables can provide early warnings, before symptoms appear. They are looking for people who have had a case of COVID-19, have been exposed to a known case, or at high risk of exposure such as healthcare workers. If you have a smart watch or fitness band that can track heart rate and a smartphone that can run the study’s special app, then you could be eligible to participate. The hope is that by tracking a large group, the researchers may be able to identify patterns that precede the symptoms of a full-blown infection. This could lead to better tracking, early detection, and more effective treatment with better outcomes.


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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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