Smart-Ring to Identify Coronavirus Symptoms

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:07

Researchers have created a smart ring which can monitor body temperature in an effort to detect COVID-19 symptoms early.

Medical workers at two hospitals in San Francisco will wear smart rings in an effort to detect COVID-19 signs early, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Wearable tech startup Oura will be supplying the rings. The program’s goal is to help medical workers notice that they might be sick before experiencing symptoms. A long-term goal is to supply researches with enough data to develop an algorithm for COVID-19 detection.

Staff at UCSF Medical Center and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital will begin wearing smart rings made by wearable tech startup Oura, which makes a ring that can monitor a wearer’s sleep, heart rate, temperature and steps.

The goal of the program is two-fold, according to the report. In the short term, UCSF’s Dr. Ashley Mason, who is spearheading the project, hopes the rings could help emergency room professionals tell when they’re getting sick so that they can stay home and avoid spreading their illness, whether it’s the coronavirus disease or not.

But over the long term, Mason wants to use the rings to gather data from both healthy people and those infected with the coronavirus to learn about early warning signs that may precede symptoms, the report says.

In addition to the 2,000 medical staff in San Francisco that will be wearing the rings, USCF is also urging Oura’s 150,000 customers to share their medical data to help researchers create an algorithm for early detection.

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