Tech Report: Smartwatches detect Covid symptoms before infected

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Smartwatches can detect symptoms of Covid-19 before the wearer knows they are infected. And Microsoft and General Motors are partnering on self-driving cars.

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It will see Cruise use Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform for its operations.

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Consumer Intelligence Research partners say members are up 49 percent in 2020.

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Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have found evidence that suggests smartwatches can detect Covid-19 symptoms before a person has become aware that they are infected.

One of the early signs of a Covid-19 infection is inflammation in infected areas of the body. And when inflammation begins, the body responds by slightly altering blood flow.

That change in blood flow can be seen in slight changes to a person’s heartbeat, detectable via smartwatches like the one from Apple.