Long COVID Mobile Monitoring Study Hunts for Answers (www.webmd.com)

Long COVID Mobile Monitoring Study Hunts for Answers

At a time when researchers are trying to make sure that people clinical trials reflect the diversity of the population, that leaves a lot of people out.

April 18, 2023 A new federal research project aims to answer lingering questions about long COVID using mobile monitoring devices to help track the condition.

The federally funded RECOVER Initiative expects to give out 10,000 sensors to people with long COVID to collect data in real time.

The hope is that researchers will be able to provide doctors, and patients, with a wealth of information to address gaps in knowledge about long COVID.

The project takes advantage of the approach other researchers have used to track patients health data on heart rate, exercise, and more using mobile monitoring devices, such as Fitbits, smartwatches, and other remote sensors.

Researchers believe the initiative could be particularly useful for people with long COVID whose symptoms come and go.

They can use a wristband sensor to passively collect data in real time.

For a condition defined by its symptoms, that kind of data promises to be useful, experts said.

But not everyone has room in their budget for a smartwatch or a fitness tracker.

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