As the rate of COVID-19 infection increases exponentially in our county, it's a matter of time before someone close to you acquires the virus. As our COVID free circle shrinks around us, it's even more vital that we manage our risk and reduce our chance of infection.
We are doing many things at the gym to help reduce our risk. We are monitoring the carbon dioxide levels, we are ensuring adequate air circulation and ventilation, we sanitize after every class, we keep everyone more than 6 feet apart, and we have limited our class sizes to 50%.
We know that healthy people have less severe symptoms. I have previously explored how high body-fat increases symptom severity and how adequate Vitamin D levels decrease symptom severity.
Now, there is a growing body of evidence that wearable technology such as Whoop, FitBits, Apple and Garmin watches can be important for early symptom detection.
All of these wearable technology devices measure heart rate, respiratory rate, and sleep. These three biometrics are showing to be reliable early indicators of symptom onset. They do this by alerting you to abnormal rates compare to your baseline.
A scientific paper published in Nature last month explores how "consumer wearable devices are an accurate and widely deployed technology to establish individual baseline parameters of health, which may be used to detect substantial deviations from baseline physiology at the onset of infection."
The research team looked at thousands of folks who wear FitBits, Apple and Garmin watches and found that abnormally high resting heart rate is a reliable early indicator of COVID infection. They found that some folks showed an elevated resting heart rate as early as 14 days before symptom onset and some as few as 2 days before symptom onset. An elevated resting heart rate could be a great impetus for getting a COVID test.
The research team found that sleep increased at symptom onset. This is no surprise as fatigue is one of the primary COVID symptoms.
Whoop straps were not included in the study published in Nature. Whoop has its own research team and has participated in several independent studies. Their research indicates that elevated respiratory rates as early as 1 day prior to symptom onset provides reliable early indication of COVID infection.
This is a great year to ask Santa to bring you some wearable technology. Not only will it provide an early indicator of COVID infection, it will help you make healthy lifestyle choices.
I have been wearing my Whoop since July and have posted a bunch of blogs on how to use the data it provides. You can use my WHOOP affiliate link and get your first month free. Just click on the image below to sign up!
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