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Fitbit unveils new study aimed at detecting COVID-19 before symptoms emerge

Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit Charge 3 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Fitbit has added a new study in an effort to detect COVID-19.
  • The study can be accessed directly from the Fitbit app.
  • Users can also learn about and opt-in to other COVID-19 studies through the Fitbit app.

Fitbit just announced that it has added a new COVID-19 research study to its existing in-app resources on the disease. The company has already been working with leading medical researchers from the Scripps Research Translation Institute and the Stanford Medical Healthcare Innovation Lab to share data from consenting users towards research projects, and now it has added a new in-app study of its own.

In a blog post earlier today, Fitibit says that its new study will collect data from users who have been, or think they have been, exposed to COVID-19 or similar ailments. Participants in the study must be over 21, live in the U.S. or Canada, have or have had COVID-19, or have experienced symptoms consistant with the disease or the flu. The goal of the study is to determine if wearable devices like the Fitbit Charge 4, Versa 2, and others can help detect the onset of highly infections diseases like COVID-19 before symptoms begin to show.

To participate, users just need to open their Fitbit app, tap on the Discover tab, and scroll down to the Assessments & Reports section. From there, they can tap on the Fitbit COVID-19 Study card and tap on Get Started to answer a quick survey. Participation is voluntary, and users can withdraw from the study at any time they wish.

Fitbit Covid Study

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If you decide to check this study out or are interested in how else you can contribute, be sure to click on the COVID-19 tab from the Fitbit app for more resources and studies.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.