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Can wearable devices like Fitbit be used to detect COVID-19?

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Own a Smartphone and/or a Fitbit or know someone who does? My colleagues at King’s College London are recruiting for a new study – and the more people that take part, the better!

The Covid Collab study aims to use mobile phone and wearable device (Fitbit) data to study COVID-19, exploring:

  • Can a wearable be used as a digital test to identify COVID-19 cases?

  • What aspects of lockdown affect mental wellbeing?

Participants will provide periodic questionnaires on mental health, COVID-19 diagnosis status, and COVID-19 symptoms and additional passive data such as location via their phones; and Heart Rate, Activity (Steps), Sleep via Fitbit devices if they own one. This data will enable an understanding of several important questions about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

King’s College London researchers will analyse the data including heart rate, activity when a participant reports feeling ill or tests positive for COVID-19. By looking for differences in the data during the time of reported illness compared with their normal healthy periods, they aim to develop a potential digital test for early warning signs of Coronavirus. If a Fitbit user was previously ill or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past and is interested in taking part in the study, their historical data covering this period can still be linked to their prior diagnosis or symptom date using the app.

Apply to take part

Find out more and register to take part here:

You must have a smartphone (Android or iOS) – having a Fitbit is a bonus. It will all be done via an app.