The vital data collected is intended to help doctors identify infections with the coronavirus at an early stage and thus curb the further spread of Covid-19.
The one that has been available for several years Smart ring Oura could, according to a press release, help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The vital data collected by the gadget may allow early detection of an infection. The manufacturer wants to clarify this in a study together with researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
For this purpose, more than 2,000 medical personnel are UCSF Medical Center and wear the rings at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, reports the “San Francisco Chronicle”.
Constant temperature measurement
The Oura ring measures, among other things, the heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature. The scientists put their hopes on the last point: “Fever is one of the most reliable signs that people get Covid,” said UCSF internist Rick Hecht, who was involved in the study. That is why many countries rely on public temperature measurements, for example when entering the country.
Such individual measurements can, however, also be unremarkable due to random temperature fluctuations if an infection is present. The smart ring, on the other hand, continuously records the data and thus enables a more comprehensive analysis. The researchers hope that smart ring data will provide an indication of an infection based on relatively minor abnormalities in the temperature profile before really clear symptoms appear.
If this is confirmed, an early diagnosis device could be developed by autumn. “This will help people go into self-quarantine earlier and be treated earlier,” says study director Ashley Mason.
Finn diagnosed early thanks to Oura
According to the press release, the study with medical staff is to show whether and how well this really works. The researchers also ask owners of an Oura ring to share their vital signs with them. These could help to develop the best possible algorithm for Covid early detection.
Mason believes that an infection could be identified two to three days before obvious symptoms appear.
This hope feeds Facebook post published by the Finn Petri Hollmén in mid-March: Although he actually felt good after a vacation in the Corona hotspot in Tyrol, the data displayed in the app of our Oura ring, including a slightly higher temperature, would have unsettled him. He contacted the authorities and was tested positive for the coronavirus by Turku University Hospital.