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Quantified Flu: Can wearables predict when we're falling sick with COVID-19 or other infections?

Created over 1 year ago
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About the Project


Can the various physiological parameters tracked by our wearables help to predict when we’re getting sick? This is not only related to COVID19, but also to the flu and colds in more general, as we'd expect to see some physiological changes – e.g. in resting heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, body temperature – in all of those cases. It could be extremely useful if we could predict falling sick using these data at a point before one is consciously aware of it. We are planning to do a collaborative community science project in which we will try to use both retrospective data and ongoing data collections to address this question. Worst case we'll learn that wearable data signals are too weak to make predictions, best case we'll figure out how to predict sickness some days in advance.

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How far along is it

We got an early prototype in place and hope to launch last week of March!

Help Needed

Tasks that need to get done

We already have a small prototype website in place that can access wearable data from different manufacturers and is also used to track when the participants noticed their symptoms. The website is mainly build with Django/Python and tiny bits of JS for the frontend but needs to be expanded: We're looking for help with:
- Frontend | Visualization of the data analyses we do (JavaScript)
- Backend | Adding support for more wearables (Python)
- Data Science | Help in translating the raw data collected by participants into insights (Python/R/your choice)
- Copy editing | Help us write the copy for the website and other materials to explain to participants and potential participants what's going on

Project details

Who is already working on this

We're having a small team of volunteers organized through the Open Humans community. The community is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities around their personal data, to explore and share for the purposes of education, health, and research and has rich experience in accessing and managing wearable data.

How to get in touch
Join the #quantifiedflu channel in this slack:
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