Fitbit and NASA are teaming up to test Fitbit to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among NASA employees and astronauts. A thousand NASA employees will wear Fitbit Charge 4 devices and use a check-in system to log symptoms and temperatures to detect cases of infection before they can spread.
NASA already routinely isolates astronauts and mission-critical employees to prevent the spread of infection, let alone COVID-1
Those employees will check in daily, record symptoms and temperatures, while the Fitbit provides data on the daily resting heart rate and heart rate variations along with the respiratory rate. Early studies suggest that COVID-10 affects all three, and so looking for changes may lead to the disease being diagnosed earlier. With a similarly studied Apple Watch, researchers were able to diagnose COVID-19 up to a week earlier. Participating employees get access to a year of Fitbit Premium and one-on-one Fitbit health coaching services.
The pandemic has underscored the critical role Fitbit can play in providing much-needed support to help people sleep better, eat better, exercise more, and take control of their health and well-being, as well as the potential to identify disease based on specific health statistics. which is especially important now during the COVID-19 crisis, said Amy McDonough, Managing Director and General Manager, Fitbit Health Solutions at Google. We are proud to partner with NASA to support its employees and give them access to Fitbit products and services to help them better understand and manage their health and wellness during the pandemic.
After evaluating the program, NASA may consider expanding it to include more employees