But the study will only bring conclusive results if many volunteers agree to participate.
The Californian startup Evidation is trying to develop an early warning algorithm using connected accessories worn by 300 people at high risk of contracting the disease, with financial support from the government and the Bill & Melinda Foundation. Gates.
This research should “make it possible to more effectively identify when and where people catch COVID-19, and potentially facilitate real-time interventions to limit the spread and assess the results,” said Luca Foschini, co-founder of Evidation.
Similar research is underway in Germany.
Stay at home?
Medicine is increasingly considering the use of connected accessories in diagnostics, as they can monitor body temperature, heart and respiratory rates, sleep, physical activity and other indicators.
Apple has launched studies to assess the ability of the Apple Watch to detect heart problems.
Fitbit, its competitor in the connected watch niche, is involved in 500 different projects on cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases and other health concerns.
“Watches and other accessories worn on the body take at least 250,000 measurements per day, which makes them very powerful tracking devices,” notes Michael Snyder of Stanford School of Medicine.
Researchers from this university announced in April their participation in research on this type of connected object and various diseases, including COVID-19, in partnership with Scripps.
Michael Snyder hopes that in the near future, props will connect humans with the warning signs of infection or other ailments. “When you wonder if you have allergies or if you are getting sick, these algorithms can help you determine if you should stay home because your body is pushing away a virus,” he predicts. .