NASA start using Fitbits to detect covid-19 symptoms


NASA for short has decided to issue 1,000 of its employees, including 150 astronauts, with Fitbit devices in a pilot program designed to see if they can help supplement efforts to keep this mission-critical personnel healthy ahead of keyspace missions. As part of the pilot program, employees performing mission-critical work at six locations across the United States will receive Fitbit Charge 4 devices and access to Fitbit’s Ready for Work Daily Check-In experience. The in-app Daily Check-In feature allows users to log their symptoms and temperature, track key health metrics, and receive summarized COVID-19 guidance based on CDC guidelines.

Fitbit is making a considerable effort in trying to establish itself as the go-to health wearable manufacturer. Not only does it keep rolling out more and more health features to its existing smartwatch range, like when it activated the dormant SpO2 sensors in older Fitbit devices in early 2020, but the American company is also busy conducting research using these health features, together with Fitbit users, to combat the spread of the global pandemic we are experiencing now.

As Fitbit announced in May 2020, Wearables, like Fitbit trackers and smartwatches, are currently being used in research studies by partners like the Scripps Research Translational Institute and the Stanford Medicine Healthcare Innovation Lab to see if wearable data can help detect the early onset of infectious diseases, like the flu and Covid-19, even before symptoms start."


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