Like Green Lantern’s ring, but for sports.
One of the ways to check for early warning signs is by using a pulse oximeter. We have one in our home and it measures blood oxygen levels. It’s not the only useful tool for assessing COVID-19 symptoms: thermometers are obviously a key way to assess for fever. But professional athletes can’t be walking, running and playing with medical devices strapped to their bodies. Until now.
As part of the NBA’s safety protocols, players will be issued a smart ring like the one Jack of Twitter fame wears:
“One of the tools the NBA will use with players is a ‘smart ring’ that players will wear during their time at Disney World. The ring can measure body temperature, respiratory functions and heart rate, which are all things that can signal whether or not someone is sick. All players and essential staff members will be given the option to participate in health monitoring using the ring. The titanium rings, reportedly made by Oura, are capable of predicting COVID-19 symptoms up to three days in advance with 90% accuracy, according to the company.”
I considered buying an Oura ring for sleep, however, the review I read the made the argument that you’d be better off making an assessment appointment with a sleep doctor. And at $500 for the titanium version, I decided to pass. But is getting the ring a smart idea for family members at greater risk of COVID-19?