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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 38,000 study participants, we are gaining insights into what leads to early detection for this and other viral illnesses.

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Download MyDataHelps™ to join the 38,000 already contributing data to this health study.

Learn About Your Health. Make a Difference.

Our scientists recently discovered that changes to your normal sleep, activity level or resting heart rate can be an early indicator that you’re coming down with a virus like the flu or COVID-19. That means your wearable device (for example, a Fitbit, Apple Watch, or Garmin) might be able to tell if you’re getting sick before you even develop symptoms. When you join the DETECT health study and confidentially share your information with our scientists, you’ll learn more about your own health, and help us develop new ways to tackle COVID-19.

Easy, Free and Convenient

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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Share Symptoms and Diagnoses

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Private and Trusted

Private and Trusted

DETECT is a project of Scripps Research opens 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 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

Just download the MyDataHelps™ app to join the 38,000 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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