Web Desk. Smartwatches and fitness trackers could potentially play a key role in the early detection of the new Corona Virus disease Covid-19. This has been revealed in a recent medical research report.
A study by the United States (USA) health agency Mount Sinai has found that Apple Watch can detect minor changes in a user’s heart rate and give a signal of Corona Virus a week before the onset of the disease.
One company has even developed a costume wearable device to diagnose Covid-19. With the help of all these, asymptomatic patients can be prevented from progressing the disease.
A group of 298 medical workers was included in the Mount Sinai study from April 29 to September 29, 2020. They were given Apple Watch, which had special apps that could detect changes in heart rate.
The researchers said that the Apple Watch showed significant changes in the heartbeat of people who were diagnosed with Covid-19 a week later by a PCR test.
A similar study was conducted by Stanford University in the United States, in which volunteers were given various trackers from Grameen, Fitbit, Apple, and other companies. The study found an average of nine and a half days before the onset of symptoms in more than 81% of patients infected with the Corona Virus.
Robert P. Hertin, who led Mount Sinai’s research team, said that early detection of the disease in humans is an important step in preventing the spread of Covid-19, a technology that not only helps us predict and track results. It is possible to even by staying away in time.
A company called New Tigers has developed an AI product called CodeDep, which can diagnose the presence of the virus in people in medical centers or in the elderly. The company uses the wearable device Empatica E4, which monitors skin, heart rate, and blood pressure readings.
These details accurately diagnose the virus up to 90%, which is a much better rate than traditional body temperature screening. The company now plans to develop an app that will work on FitBit, Apple, Samsung, and other smartwatches.
A smartwatch can be useful in this regard even without steam algorithms. The PGA Tour recently began using health trackers that helped an athlete know they were infected with the Corona Virus.