Smartwatch and health tracker 2020
Smartwatches can detect early signs of COVID-19!
New studies have shown Smartwatches in tracking Respiratory rate is able to detect signs of abnormal respiratory behavior in COVID-19.
The study, conducted by the Central Queensland University Australia (CQUniversity), in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, employ data collected from hundreds of volunteers who have self-identified as having contracted COVID-19 to study changes in their respiratory behavior over time, which has also recently been validated by a University of Arizona external study conducted specifically to determine the accuracy of its measurement of respiratory rates during sleep, which the smartwatch device uses to provide quality of sleep scores to its users.
That study showed Smartwatch to be among the most accurate measurement tools for respiratory rate short of invasive procedures.
This is what has led researchers behind this new study to hypothesize that it could be valuable as a sort of early-warning system for detecting signs of abnormal respiratory behavior in COVID-19 patients before those symptoms are detectable by other means. It’s usually due to either one of two causes: environmental factors, like unusually high temperatures or significant differences in oxygen concentration, or something happening within the body, like a lower-respiratory tract infection.
That means there’s a strong correlation between rate changes due to lower-respiratory tract issues not accounted for by environmental problems (which are relatively easy to cancel out) and instances of COVID-19. To look for deviations as a sign of distress, among the other sings it monitors, it could notice changes to respiratory rates relative to baselines before an individual becomes aware of any significant shortness of breath themselves.
This is a study, so at this point, that’s just a hypothesis and will need to be backed up by data. There are an “initial several hundred self-reported COVID-19 cases” already present in the app from which it will begin, with a target of enrolling at least 500 individuals with positive COVID-19 test results. There are also other investigations underway to see if Smartwatch that monitors a user’s health and fitness can provide early warning systems for potential COVID-19 cases, including a study being conducted by UCSF using the Oura Ring.
Unlike with previous pandemics, the current coronavirus crisis comes at a time when we’re increasingly used to taking data-driven approaches to solve challenges, and when we also have a lot of self-quantifying health devices in circulation. Those could help us get a better grip on assessing the spread, as well as trends related to how it circulates and ebbs/grows within a population.
What is it about Health Tracker 2020?
Respiration rate describes how often you inhale and exhale in a minute. It is also a primary vital sign along with heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Resting respiration rates are typically between 12-20 times per minute during rest and can be around 40-50 times per minute during intense physical activity. This increase in respiration rate reflects the increased oxygen demand of producing aerobic energy.
- Familiarity with your body
- Monitor changes over time
- Recognize when your working harder than normal
How does it work?
Each breath you take coded into your heart rate variability (HRV). The length of time between consecutive heartbeats shortens slightly as you inhale and lengthens as you exhale. The term for this biological phenomenon is respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA).
The ability to analytically extract the respiration rate from HRV data depends on accurate heartbeat data. The degree to which one heart rate changes from one beat to the next can be a matter of milliseconds. Challenging monitoring conditions related to the performance of physical activity mean that the pinpoint accuracy needed for this analysis is only achievable using a chest-belt type heart rate monitor.
Respiration Rate is a new feature found on the MARQ Collection, Fenix 6 series, and tactic Delta watches. This feature will display how many breaths you are taking per minute. Knowing how quickly you are breathing can help you determine how hard you are working, and when you may need to take it easy.
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Wearables giant Fitbit has rolled out a blood oxygen monitoring feature on some of its smartwatches.
Fitbit, which Google agreed to buy in November, confirmed to FierceHealthcare that the company has activated a feature on its Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite, and Versa 2 devices that provide users in the U.S. with blood oxygen data via the Fitbit app.
Fitbit devices include sleep tracking, blood oxygen monitoring features that can be used to detect variations in breathing during sleep.
Casio announced the highly anticipated G-Shock GBD-H1000 for an April 2020 release. This new G-SQUAD fitness series features built-in GPS and five sensors: an optical heart rate monitor, pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer), compass, thermometer, and accelerometer for step counting. The high-contrast memory-in-pixel (MIP) LCD display is reminiscent of the G-Shock GPR-B1000 Rangeman, as its pixels fill the whole area and can show a lot of information at once. Other notable features include automatic GPS time syncing, Bluetooth mobile link, vibration alerts, solar power, and USB charging. As a G-Shock, the GBD-H1000 is fully shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters.
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