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Oura is Doing a COVID-19 Study and You Can Participate to Help Stop the Virus

Oura Ring being worn on a person's finger

Oura – the company that makes the Oura Ring sleep tracking device – is sponsoring research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to determine whether the physiological data that the company collects from its users can predict whether they are showing symptoms of coronavirus.

If you have an Oura Ring then you can participate to help researchers understand this disease.

Links to topics mentioned in this article

  • Oura Ring – Sleep tracking device
  • UCSF TemPredict – Study using data from the Oura Ring to better understand COVID-19

How the study works

The study – known as UCSF TemPredict – will be divided into two different groups: front-line healthcare workers and the general population.

More than 2,000 workers – including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals – who work at UCSF hospitals and come into contact with COVID-19 patients will receive free Oura Rings. These devices will allow healthcare workers to easily track their temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and other metrics so that they can gain a better understanding of the early warning signs of infection. The company hopes that this will let them take the necessary actions to more effectively fight the Chinese virus.

The study will also be opened up to the general population. If you own an Oura Ring you can directly participate in the study and help researchers beat COVID-19. Study participants will be required to take daily symptom surveys, which will be sent directly to UCSF researchers along with the physiological data taken from their Oura Ring.

Researchers believe that they can use this data to better identify the patterns that can predict onset, progression, and recovery in future coronavirus patients.

This is a brand new attempt to leverage technology to fight an infectious disease. If successful, this could open the door to future research efforts and help our healthcare system track and manage other diseases.

How you can participate

If you own an Oura Ring, you can participate in UCSF TempPredict by accepting the invite in your Oura app. You can also sign up from a computer by going to the official UCSF TempPredict signup page here.

What is the Oura Ring?

Oura Ring is a sleep tracking device that you wear on your finger, just like a piece of jewelry. It tracks and gives you physiological data about your heart rate, sleep cycles, body temperature, and more so that you can optimize your sleep and improve your health.

According to its website, the Oura Ring “tracks you 24/7 so you can build an accurate, insightful baseline of information about yourself from which you can grow and improve”. The small device includes a variety of sensors including a body temperature sensor, infrared optical LED sensors, a 3D accelerometer, and a gyroscope. It uses these sensors to track pulse waveform and amplitude variation as well as the exact time between heartbeats. It uses this raw information to give you data about your heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), respiratory rate, movement and activity, body temperature, and sleep data including sleep stages, sleep latency, and wake times.

Sales of the Oura Ring have been growing at a rapid rate, according to a recent statement from their CEO.

Read our review of the Oura Ring here.