New Study from Fitbit Seeks to Advance COVID-19 and Flu Research with Early Detection

Wearables, like Fitbit trackers and smartwatches, are currently being used in research studies from partners like the Scripps Research Translational Institute and the Stanford Medicine Healthcare Innovation Lab to see if wearable data can help detect the early onset of infectious diseases, like the flu and COVID-19, even before symptoms start. 

Today, we are building on these partnerships with the launch of the Fitbit COVID-19 Study, available right in the Fitbit app. This study will help determine whether Fitbit can help build an algorithm to detect COVID-19 before symptoms start. If you are over the age of 21, living in the United States or Canada and have had or currently have COVID-19, or symptoms consistent with the flu, we invite you to answer a few quick questions to help contribute to this important research as Fitbit tries to develop this algorithm. 

The study features a short series of questions that can be found in the Assessments & Reports section of your Discover tab and will just take a few minutes to complete. We will ask you about:

  • Whether or not you have, have had, or may have had flu or COVID-19
  • Any symptoms you are experiencing or may have experienced
  • Additional related details regarding your medical history and demographics

These answers will be used in conjunction with other indicators in your Fitbit data to help researchers try to determine early signs of COVID-19 and flu. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.  

We appreciate you helping us work to try to better detect and respond to viral illness outbreaks, like COVID-19.

Interested in more ways to get involved in COVID-19 research efforts? Learn more about the Scripps DETECT study and the Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab COVID-19 PROTECT wearables study here.

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