Could Your Fitness Tracker Know You Have the Flu Before You Do?

A new study suggests your device could provide an early warning.

17.2.2020

A new study suggests your device could provide an early warning.

A new study suggests your device could provide an early warning.

sleep duration were calculated, and then deviations were identified weekly. That data was compared to estimates for influenza-like illness rates reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Flu predictions were significantly improved by looking at rising resting heart rates and decreased sleep quality, said study author , an epidemiologist at the Scripps Research Translational Institute. Everyone has a unique resting heart rate, Radin told Bicycling , and that rate begins to climb upward when there’s an infection, most likely as a response to inflammation in the body— especially when there’s a fever. That inflammation and fever can also sabotage sleep quality, so when the two are paired up, there’s a higher risk that there may be an infection, she said. If this data is seen on a state-wide, or even a country-wide level, that has the potential to make flu predictions and reporting faster and more accurate. Related Stories Read more: Runner's World

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