While the race for developing a vaccine continues globally, every firm and organization are trying their best to combat the deadly virus. Recently, several mobile applications have been developed for the digital detection of COVID-19.
Your Fitbit Could Help You Detect Coronavirus Digitally, Here’s how it works
One such application for digital COVID-19 detection is ‘Mass Science.’ According to the research team that developed the app, there is an inbuilt facility which enables this app to sync with wearables such as Fitbit devices. The data obtained by the COVID-Collab Study participant can be used for the research. This app can record and share data such as heart rate; activities performed, and detecting the sleep pattern.
Information related to their moods, geo-location and mental health can also be shared by the participants, in addition to COVID-19 symptoms. The participants can also share their diagnosis with the research team, in case they are tested positive for COVID-19.
Amos Folarin, a study lead author, has mentioned that a lack of information about the infected population, and particularly the ones who are asymptomatic, is a matter of great concern. He also suggested that a study is being conducted on wearables to see how helpful they can be in detecting COVID-19.
One of the most significant advantages of this method is that it’s economical. Because of its cost-effectiveness, continuous detection of the disease is possible, and it can be a game-changer.
This app will assist in the research by analyzing the heart rate, activity when a participant is reported ill or diagnosed with COVID-19, says a study. The researchers will be able to trace any difference from the time of the reported illness to the time when the participant was healthy.
Also, a Fitbit user can share their previous record of the data while they were ill or tested positive for COVID-19.
The data shared by the participants can be used to draw insights and also can be used to develop a digital test and get early warnings for coronavirus. According to the team, the more participants available for the COVID-Collab Study will result in better chances for the researchers to understand the precise pattern of COVID.
Earlier studies have shown that the essential health indicators from the wearables were capable of detecting flu-like symptoms. The researchers for signs of illness will analyze the data provided by the participants of the COVID-Collab Study. The signal if validated by the Study, will be used in the further development of the basis of a continuous monitoring symptom. This can be used to send alerts if a person is experiencing early signs of the disease.
It will prove to be a valuable tool for early and easy detection of COVID-19 symptoms, and consequently, can help prevent the spread of the disease.