West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and Oura, creator of the Oura smart rings, have teamed up to detect COVID-19 infection among frontliners before the onset of symptoms. RNI has deployed a smartphone app thatis linked with Oura rings to capture data and detect potential infection while the wearer is asymptomatic. The app then analyzes the data to forecast fever, cough and other symptoms linked to the COVID-19 infection 24 hours before symptoms show.
“We are continuously monitoring the mind-body connectivity through our integrated neuroscience platform measuring the autonomic nervous system, fatigue, anxiety, circadian rhythms, and other human resilience and recovery functions,” WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute executive chair Dr. Ali Rezai said.
At present, the Oura smart ring and RNI Covid-19 monitoring smart phone app is already being used by more than 1,000 healthcare workers. However, the team continues to working hard in an effort to increase the AI prediction model’s capability. Dr. Rezai said that the team is working on improving the current model and enable it to predict the onset of COVID-19 symptoms three days or more before their onset.