Viral infections increase resting heart and respiration rates so guess what – your smartwatch might be able to tell you when you are about to get sick.

Coronavirus covid-19 virus

A person’s heart and breathing rates increase and heart rate variability decrease as a viral infection ramps up. All of these are measurable using a modern-day smartwatch. Researchers at Purdue University are starting a study to see if continuously collected biometric smartwatch data could be used to detect early signs of viral infections, including COVID-19.

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