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Wearable Activity Trackers & AI Might Be Used to Pick Up Pre-Symptomatic COVID-19

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Wearable activity trackers that monitor changes in skin temperature and heart and breathing rates, combined with artificial intelligence (AI), might be used to pick up COVID-19 infection days before symptoms start, suggests preliminary research published in the open access journal BMJ Open.

The researchers base their findings on wearers of the AVA bracelet, a regulated and commercially available fertility tracker that monitors breathing rate, heart rate, heart rate variability, wrist skin temperature, and blood flow, as well as sleep quantity and quality.

Typical COVID-19 symptoms may take several days after infection before they appear ...