Fitness Trackers Reveal COVID's Long-Term Effects

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By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
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THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Wearable fitness trackers specified arsenic Fitbits oregon the Apple Watch tin assistance way people's betterment from COVID-19 and are revealing conscionable however semipermanent that betterment is, according to a caller study.

It was conducted from precocious March of 2020 to precocious January of 2021, and included 875 Fitbit-wearing people, 234 of who tested affirmative for COVID-19.

Data from the wearable devices showed that radical who tested affirmative for COVID-19 had behavioral and physiological symptoms, including an accrued heart rate, that could persist for weeks oregon months, The New York Times reported.

These symptoms lasted longer successful radical with COVID-19 than successful those with different respiratory illnesses, according to researchers from the Scripps Research Translational Institute successful La Jolla, Calif.

It took 79 days, connected average, for their resting heart rates to instrumentality to normal, compared with conscionable 4 days for those successful the non-COVID group.

This whitethorn beryllium a motion that COVID-19 disrupts the autonomic tense system, which regulates basal physiological processes. The heart palpitations and dizziness reported by galore COVID sufferers whitethorn beryllium symptoms of this disruption, the researchers said.

"Lots of radical who get COVID extremity up getting autonomic dysfunction and a benignant of ongoing inflammation, and this whitethorn adversely impact their body's quality to modulate their pulse," Jennifer Radin, an epidemiologist astatine Scripps who led the trial, told the Times.

"We privation to benignant of bash a amended occupation of collecting semipermanent symptoms truthful we tin comparison the physiological changes that we're seeing with symptoms that participants are really experiencing," Radin said. "So this is truly a preliminary survey that opens up galore different studies down the road."

The survey was published Wednesday successful the diary JAMA Network Open.

"This was an absorbing study, and I deliberation it's important," Dr. Robert Hirten, a gastroenterologist and wearables adept astatine the Icahn School of Medicine astatine Mount Sinai successful New York City, told the Times. "Wearable devices connection an quality for america to beryllium capable to show radical unobtrusively implicit agelong periods of clip to spot successful an nonsubjective mode — however truly has the microorganism affected them?"

Hirten was not progressive successful the study.

Several erstwhile studies person suggested that wearable fittingness trackers -- which tin stitchery information connected bosom rate, assemblage temperature, carnal enactment and different wellness accusation -- whitethorn besides assistance observe the aboriginal signs of COVID-19, the Times reported.

About 1 successful 5 Americans usage specified devices.

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SOURCE: The New York Times

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