Fitbit hopes to detect COVID-19 infections earlier via fitness data - invites volunteers to participate

Wearables capture a whole lot of data about us, far beyond heart rate graphs and activity estimates. Fitbit (soon to be owned by Google) thinks it might be able to use some of that data to help with the current global pandemic to build an algorithm that could detect COVID-19 before you notice symptoms yourself. The company is currently inviting anyone who has the disease, has previously had it, or who otherwise has flu-like symptoms to participate in its research.

Fitbit hopes to find common details in the associated fitness data for those that have caught the disease to better enhance early detection methods. If there are statistical tendencies or previously unknown early warning signs among those that have COVID-19, things like intervention and isolation could happen that much sooner.

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Wearables capture a whole lot of data about us, far beyond heart rate graphs and activity estimates. Fitbit (soon to be owned by Google) thinks it might

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