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Wearable Health Monitor Could Help Diagnose COVID-19


Wearable electronics have grown in popularity over the past decade. Popularized by depictions in science fiction, most wearable electronics are patch-like devices that can be attached to skin to detect, analyze, and wirelessly transmit a wide spectrum of physiological signals.

From fitness trackers to health monitors, devices have been commercialized to measure blood pressure, heart rate, skin hydration, and even biomarkers in sweat. Through the real-time analysis of acquired signals, wearable technology builds a sketch of the body’s health status.

At the Univ. of Missouri (MU), engineers are working on a wearable biosensor to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. They plan to use the device to collect multiple signals from healthy and infected individuals experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.

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