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News: Your Smart Watch Can Detect Covid19

Forget about the Smart Watch, that thing is so 2020. From now on let’s talk about the Warrior Watch instead. A term derived from a recent study titled the ‘Warrior Watch Study’ by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

During this study they monitored approximately 300 healthcare workers. The frontline workers, at high risk of catching covid19 these days. Said participants then downloaded a special app on their phones in combination with their Apple Watch. In combination with this app the watch would then monitor specific metrics. The readouts of these metrics were used to identify and predict whether the workers were infected with COVID-19.

“The watch showed significant changes in HRV metrics up to seven days before individuals had a positive nasal swab confirming COVID-19 infection and demonstrated significant changes at the time of symptom development,” said the study’s corresponding author Robert P. Hirten, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For more details feel free to check out their initial findings reported here.

Since Covid19 is already plenty hard to detect, it is quite the finding that a Smart Watch – nay – Warrior Watch can detect it up to 7 days before the individuals noticed any signs of an infection.

This finding goes hand in hand with another study that looked into how effective Smart Watches can be for detecting signs of illness, conducted by Stanford Medicine Scientists (see here)

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