Smartwatches as Part of a Defense in Depth Strategy?

New studies: Smartwatches can help detect COVID-19 days before symptoms appear

Smartwatches could predict whether a person is positive for COVID-19 before they’re symptomatic or the virus is detectable by tests. While not a failsafe, adding smartwatch technology to a broader defense in depth approach could be a game-changer in controlling the asymptomatic spread of COVID-10—and similar crises in the future. As an early adopter of emerging virus-fighting technologies, BioAssured will be following this research closely.

“Researchers at Mount Sinai found that the Apple Watch can detect subtle changes in an individual’s heartbeat, which can signal that an individual has the coronavirus, up to seven days before they feel sick or infection is detected through testing.

“A separate study from Stanford, in which participants wore a variety of different activity trackers from Garmin, Fitbit, Apple and other makers, found that 81% of coronavirus-positive participants experienced changes in their resting heart rates up to nine and a half days prior to the onset of symptoms. An extremely elevated heart rate was indicative of symptom onset, the study reported.”

Research is also being conducted at the University of California San Diego and University of California San Francisco, and Australia’s Central Queensland University.

Read more at CBS.