Consider your lifestyle and medical risk.

 

I was an early adopter of both the Fitbit tracker and Apple Watch. One fell off and the other broke respectively. I didn’t replace them but it’s something that I’m considering now.

A recent article about wellness trackers identifying the early signs of Covid19 infection caught my attention. The risk of contracting Covid19 is decreasing as more people get vaccinated. However, public health experts anticipate that the coronavirus will continue to be a health risk that we live with as a society.

“I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so, after getting the primary [shot], because the durability of protection against coronaviruses is generally not lifelong.” – Anthony Fauci MD

Ongoing risk will depend on your post Covid19 lifestyle and medical risk. Getting real time alerts of changes in your health is a real benefit. Three wellness trackers have gotten good reviews for Covid19 detection so far. 

 

Three wellness trackers to consider:

 

1/ Oura Ring:

The Oura Ring is best known for tracking sleep. It still does a good job of that but it can also help detect changes in body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate that are typical of illness including Covid19.

If sleep is one of your main health concerns, the ring is a good choice. It’s designed to be worn 24 hours per day including when you sleep, shower and swim. However, if wearing a ring poses a safety risk to you while on the job, there are other good options.

 

2/ Ava:

The Ava tracker is best known for tracking fertility related metrics in women but it can also help detected changes typical of illness including Covid19. It reportedly tracks heart rate and five other health metrics.

Unlike the Oura ring, it needs to be charged daily which could be challenging if you plan to wear it day and night. Plus you need to be more careful when wearing it because the device is not waterproof. With that said, it’s a great choice for those wanting to conceive. The company offers money back guarantee options.

 

3/ Apple and Fitbit Watch:

Both Apple and Fitbit make watches that have been primarily marketed for activity tracking. However, if you purchase a model with heart rate tracking, both can also help detect Covid symptoms early.

Watches offer more utility beyond fitness and wellness which makes them a nice choice especially if you struggle to find of your phone or like to turn up the music while driving.

Plus watches seamlessly sync with your Health App. Health Apps gives physicians everything they need to know about you in the event of an emergency. That’s a big plus especially if you travel, participate in adventurous activities and/or don’t have an existing relationship with your medical community.

 

Selecting your wellness tracker:

Selecting a device is a personal choice because it has to fit your lifestyle and meet your wellness needs. Consider what you’re already tracking through the Health App on your phone and what other wellness concerns are top of mind to help narrow your choice.

Keep in mind that the utility of the devices will continue to evolve over time. So start with one and if there are gaps in the information you need to manage your health, add another one.

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