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Covid-19 Sensors

How to win a game of hide and seek played against covid-19

If you went to school in 2020 then you know the pain of online school. In the year of 2020, instead of going to an actual school, we all went to our mobile devices and started class. But why? Because Covid-19 had just started, and it was just the start of a pandemic that would last for a while. Though we don’t have online school now, Covid is still lurking somewhere in the air; so how do we know where it is?

Scientists and researchers are finding and developing ways to know where covid is. This way we can be alerted before the symptoms start showing and prevent it from spreading. An assistant professor of medicine, Rob Hirten, said, “We already knew that heart rate variability markers change as inflammation develops in the body, and Covid is an incredibly inflammatory event. It allows us to predict that people are infected before they even know it.” Watches that monitor your heart rate, like the Fitbit and Apple watch, could detect covid. As Rob Hirten said in the quote above, the heart rate variability markers change, as long as the watch tracks your heart rate, it can sense that covid is there.

Stanford University and Fitbit are studying and trying to find a way in which the watch can tell you about covid as soon as possible (ASAP). After that is found, the next step is to see if we can make it possible for the watch to indicate that the wearer has covid.

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