Researchers at Mount Sinai have made an incredible finding, the Apple Watch could predict COVID-19 up to a week before applying a nasal PCR test. The result of the study called “Warrior Watch Study” it was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
The Apple Watch adds another positive quality in its functions, the heart rate
Several Mount Sinai health workers who they use an Apple Watch in their day to day and the iPhone they were the ideal candidates for the study. On a daily basis, they were asked to complete a survey to provide more specific information on coronavirus symptoms and other factors such as stress and breathing.
From April to September of last year all the data was collected and the study yielded an interesting piece of information. Heart rate variability is a key indicator in the tension of the central nervous system. The reported symptoms such as fever, pain, cough, loss of taste and smell were directly crossed over and the following was concluded:
Not only was the study able to predict infections up to a week before the tests provided confirmed diagnoses, it also revealed that the participants’ heart rate patterns normalized fairly quickly after diagnosis. They returned to normal a week or two after positive tests.
The results that could mean a next technological advance
These study results could be valid in the sense that a patient cannot undergo the nasal PCR test, which could help to isolate potential coronavirus suspects so as not to put other people at risk.
The next development would be to expand the study to see what other devices could help assess the impact of COVID-19. This would be very useful in patients and healthcare workers. Too it could be studied how much sleep and physical activity influence in the development of the disease.
According to TechCrunch, Apple is associated with researchers from the Seattle Flu Study and faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The goal is to explore changes in blood oxygen and heart rate that help detect early signs of influenza and / or COVID-19.
What do you think of these results? Is the Apple Watch a step ahead in health matters? Not so long ago the story of a 58-year-old man who saved his life by monitoring his heart rate was revealed.
Tell us in the comments if you are a wearer of an Apple Watch, does it help you take care of your health?