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Apple launches study to determine if Apple Watch can detect COVID-19

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The Apple Watch is more than just a smartwatch, at least that’s the angle Apple is aiming for. It comes with a variety of health screens and measurement tools that Apple aims to use to make the device a one-stop shop for a variety of medical needs. We have seen Apple commission studies for the smartwatch in the past related to heart health.

Now it looks like Apple is launching another study in collaboration with the University of Washington to see if the Apple Watch can detect COVID-19. Does that sound familiar to you? If so, it’s because a separate and independent study previously conducted by Mount Sinai researchers actually found that the Apple Watch can predict a COVID-19 diagnosis a week before performing a PCR nasal swab test.

However, Apple’s own study will either reinforce or refute the previous study, so we’ll have to wait for the results to find out. The study includes participants who must wear the watch day and night and it will take up to six months to complete. Participants will be given an Apple Watch to help with the study, and Apple also notes that if participants get sick during the study, they will be given free nasal swabs at home to check for COVID-19.

While we hope that COVID-19 will be a bad memory in the years to come, this study could still prove useful in predicting similar diseases.

Saved in Apple> Gadgets> Medicine. Read more about Apple Watch, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Health, Smartwatch, Study and Wearable Tech. Source: Macrumors

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Katherine Clark