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Can a Wearable Detect COVID-19 Before Symptoms Appear?

Your smartwatch or activity tracker might be an early warning system for viral illness, such as COVID-19. Join our innovative health study, which is collecting important COVID-19-related health information through app-based surveys and wearable sensors. With the help of more than 39,000 study participants, we are gaining insights into what leads to early detection for this and other viral illnesses.

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Download MyDataHelps™ available via Google Play and the App Store. Open MyDataHelps™, then enter the six-letter code DETECT to launch the study.

Vaccinated Against COVID-19? What’s Next?

Now that the vaccine is available to more and more people around the United States, many of us see the light at the end of the tunnel. But there are still important efforts we can all make to continue to stop the spread. Scientists at Scripps Research are conducting important research about COVID-19 — even after vaccination: Wearables may help identify outbreaks from new COVID-19 variants, help track length of vaccine protection, and identify viral activity from other viruses, such as the flu. Join us in learning more about how digital data, like that from your Fitbit or Apple Watch, can uncover answers in the fight against COVID-19 and infectious disease.

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Just download the MyDataHelps™ app for Apple or Android. If you don’t have a smartwatch or fitness tracker, we might be able to provide one.

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Private and Trusted

Private and Trusted

DETECT is a project of Scripps Researchopens in a new tab, a leading nonprofit academic institution with a focus on research and education in the field of biomedical sciences. Our researchers lead breakthrough studies that address the world’s most pressing health concerns.

As a trusted nonprofit organization, your privacy is our priority. In order to protect you, your name and personal information are removed from your data prior to it reaching our researchers. Your data is not shared.

“This is really an exciting result. It shows that passive, continuous monitoring with devices like Fitbit, Garmin and the Apple Watch might turn out to be an important public health surveillance tool for COVID-19.”

Eric Topol, MD, Founder and Director, Scripps Research Translational Institute

It’s Easy to Get Started

Download MyDataHelps™ and enter the six-letter code DETECT to join the 39,000 already contributing data to this health study. If you don’t have a smartwatch or fitness tracker, we might be able to provide one.

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