Apple has always worked for the Apple Watch, its connected watch, to become a powerful ally in monitoring our daily health, and it seems that this work has paid off. The Apple watch would indeed be a very good tool for monitoring, in the long term, the effects of Covid-19 on a patient.
According to a study published in the JAMA Network Open and relayed by the New York Times, connected watches like the Apple Watch or Fitbit can provide doctors with essential medical information in the long-term follow-up of patients with Covid-19. This study, conducted by researchers at the Scripps Research Translational Institute in California between March 25, 2020 and January 24, 2021, draws its conclusions from data from more than 37,000 American volunteers.
Now, researchers are deepening their analyzes by focusing on the long-term effects of Covid-19 on health, especially for people with “long Covid”. According to them, the most visible change would be the heart rate at rest, which would change significantly in people with Covid. For Jennifer Radin, epidemiologist at Scripps, the phases of sleep are also disturbed by the disease.
A first study to “pave the way”
Dr Jennifer Radin said the results, while encouraging, do not in themselves demonstrate the effectiveness of wearable products on long-term health surveillance. She believes that new studies, even more in-depth than hers, should take place in the coming months to scientifically prove the effectiveness of connected watches, both the Apple Watch and the Fitbit products, also cited in the study by the Dr. Radin.
“We want, in a way, to better collect long-term symptoms so that we can compare the physiological changes that we observe with the symptoms that the participants actually experience”said Dr Radin. “So this is really a preliminary study that paves the way for many more studies. “
The scientific and medical world is increasingly interested in the new options offered by connected watches in the day-to-day monitoring of patients. If they also warn about abusive surveillance, which could have harmful effects, their almost permanent presence makes it possible to have a degree of precision never before attained in medical analysis. The great challenge ahead will therefore be to succeed in understanding the mass of data collected by watches in order to know how to link them to pathologies and therefore to prescribe the right treatment.
By: Keleops AG