NBA players could wear smart ring to track COVID-19 symptoms as season resumes

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The Oura smart ring.

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As the NBA restarts its season using Walt Disney World facilities in Orlando, Florida, players should use a laptop to track their health and search COVID-19[female[feminine symptoms. Oura Health has confirmed that it is providing the Oura smart ring and its “early disease detection” system not only to NBA players but also to team and league personnel.

The smart ring will provide early warning signs if a player is at risk of contracting coronavirus – the company’s occupational disease management (EIM) platform can assesses risk of disease by examining a user’s temperature, respiratory rate, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability.

“We now have compelling evidence of how Oura can support discoveries in disease detection, symptom profiles and recovery,” said Harpreet Rai, CEO of Oura, in a statement sent by email. “Working with the NBA is the next step in our mission to protect public health.


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While some have pointed out that perhaps a better use of the Oura smart ring would be to give them to essential workers like doctors, nurses, medical staff and teachers, Oura responded by saying that he had provided COVID -19 front-line health workers’ smart rings in trials with researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI).

The RNI said the Oura ring allows them to “predict the onset of COVID-19 symptoms (eg, fevers, coughs, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and more) three days in advance with more precision 90%. ”

The Las Vegas Sands casino and hotel group will also provide employees with Oura rings when it reopens, Oura said.

the NBA resumes season on July 30, players staying at three separate Disney World resorts. They will play games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facilities. The NBA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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