With the backdrop of COVID-19, Oura is sponsoring research at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to study whether physiological data collected by the Oura ring, combined with responses to daily symptom surveys, can predict illness symptoms. The study aims to (1/3)
Personal health hardware-maker Oura has partnered with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for a new study that will test if its device, a smart ring, can help detect early physiological signs that indicate the onset of COVID-19.
The study will be conducted in two parts. Around 2,000 frontline healthcare professionals will be wearing Oura rings through the study. These rings track body temperature, sleep patterns, heart rate and activity levels.
Fever is one of the early symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 and if continuously updated data for body temperature readings, fever can be detected very early.
However, just fever is not enough to confirm a case of coronavirus. The purpose of the study is to check if the readings from Oura rings along with other signals can be useful in an early detection effort of sorts.
Test results confirmed that while it was asymptomatic, he has contracted COVID-19.
UCSF researcher Dr Ashley Mason has therefore hypothesised that the Oura ring can antcipate coronavirus onset by as many as “two to three days”before other more obvious symptoms, like coughing, show up.
The healthcare workers, who are working with COVID-19 patients and will be a part of the study, will be required to wear the Oura ring for three months, and complete daily surveys to report if they are experiencing any of the virus-relatedsymptoms.However, besides these 2,000 healthcare professionals Oura is also expanding the study to include general users. More than 150,000 global users of Oura can opt in to participate in the study and add to the pool of information with their readings. Researchers are hoping to develop an algorithm based on the Oura Ring data, says UCSF.
You can apply here if you want to participate in the study, of course, you need to have an Oura Ring for that.