A study is underway to see if Apple Watches can detect COVID-19 and it is now taking volunteers. However, the eligibility requirements are strict and narrow.
The study has partnered with the University of Washington and Seattle Flu Study to take applications from volunteers.
An Apple Watch study announced in September to see whether the device can detect diseases like COVID-19 is now taking applications for volunteers.
via Kent Porter
Researchers at the University of Washington are seeking King County residents to participate in a respiratory health study using data collected from Apple Watches. The study examines if, and how, an Apple Watch can detect early warning signs of acute respiratory infections, such as COVID-19 and flu, according to UW Medicine’s Brotman Baty Institute.
The study was announced last year in September 2020 with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6. Check out the announcement below:
Finally, investigators with the Seattle Flu Study at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine and faculty from the University of Washington School of Medicine will seek to learn how signals from apps on Apple Watch, such as Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen, could serve as early signs of respiratory conditions like influenza and COVID-19.’
There are two other studies being done as well by the University of California, Irvine, and Anthem, and the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network.
For volunteers to participate in the UW Medicine study, you must live in the Greater Seattle area, be at least twenty-two years or older, have an iPhone 6s or better, be completely fluent in English, and be willing to participate for six months. The Apple Watch will be provided to you by the study. You can read the full eligibility criteria here.
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