Already in March we reported on a device called Oura Smart Ring, in which the developers had teamed up with researchers and healthcare professionals to determine whether the device could detect the coronavirus early. As it turns out, it is. Researchers from Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) at West Virginia University (WVU) and WVU Medicine have found that it is able to detect coronavirus-related symptoms up to three days with 90% accuracy.
Why is this so important? ? This is important because early detection can treat people who are infected before something more serious occurs. Because the virus causes a fairly shocking death toll, early detection could potentially save lives and lower the infection rate.
Isolation and quarantine of the infected reduce the number of people who could infect them and transmit the virus. The Oura Ring encourages participants to track things like their stress levels, fear, memory and psychological biometrics.
The ring takes this data and combines it with other factors such as body temperature, heart rate, sleep pattern, respiratory rate, etc. to arrive at a diagnosis. Aside from that, it is not meant to replace actual coronavirus testing, but should be used as a tool that you may seek medical help for if you think you have the virus.