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Using health data from a smart ring to identify the Coronavirus.

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Oura Ring—developer of sleep and activity-tracking ring technology—is now teaming up with UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to identify the early onset of COVID-19 in users. Packed with advanced sensors (including an accelerometer, infrared LEDs, and a gyroscope), the Oura ring tracks vital signs, from body temperature to heart rate (HR), around the clock.

In an effort to stem COVID-19’s spread, over 2,000 emergency medical workers and hospital staff are now wearing the rings to proactively detect early signs of the virus. 

By further encouraging Oura’s 150,000 existing users to share their medical data, UCSF aims to source needed data for developing an algorithm capable of early detection before virus symptoms surface.

At the source of COVID-19’s outbreak, one highly effective strategy in Wuhan, China, involved residents’ daily reporting of body temperature and the immediate isolation of anyone with even a slight fever. 

https://ouraring.com/

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By Lynn Wood

30 March 2020

 
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