NBA May Start Using Oura Rings to Detect Early COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Able to detect COVID-19 three days in advance.

With the NBA set to resume in the coming months, the league is proposing another option to help combat the infiltration of COVID-19 into the resumed league. Closely following data revealed by the West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, each player may have the option to wear one of Oura‘s smart rings to detect early signs of the virus.

Able to read body temperature via three sensors, the Oura also contains an accelerometer and a gyroscope. While there is no specific mention of what they will be looking at, the NBA commission reportedly mentions that only the data of players whose details rank high on the “illness probability score” will be looked into. While it is currently only being tested on 600 healthcare workers, the in-app survey is said to predict COVID-19 three days in advance with 90 percent accuracy.

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