Germany’s centre for disease control on Tuesday urged people with smartwatches and fitness bands to share their health data to help keep track of the spread of the coronavirus.
The Robert Koch Institute said it was launching an app called Corona Datenspende (Corona Data Donation) that would allow people to voluntarily and anonymously share information from their fitness trackers that could reveal signs of a COVID-19 infection.
The free app will log a person’s postcode, age and weight and keep track of any changes in activity and sleep habits, heart rate or even body temperature that could be symptoms of an acute respiratory disease, RKI head Lothar Wieler said at a press conference.
The app “would help to better estimate where and how fast COVID-19 is spreading in Germany,” Wieler said.
But he stressed that the app, developed with e-health company Thryve, could not make a diagnosis or replace a