JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – June 02, 2021 – 1Life, in collaboration with LifeQ, using a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 device, launched a first Covid-19 screening application in SA. It uses unique patterns derived from users’ biometric data to give them an indication of changes in their health, allowing consumers to take proactive precautions in the event of a potential outbreak of Covid-19, which is critical as the country faces to a potential of 3rd wave of infections. There is more and more evidence1 for the use of biometrics in the early detection of many physical conditions, and this Covid-19 solution is the first of many solutions that LifeQ plans to offer to consumers, athletes and people with acute and chronic illnesses.
The LifeQ Covid-19 app2 can signal the potential onset of Covid-19 in an individual entering the dangerous 48-hour period of viral shedding before symptoms manifest, which helps slow the spread of Covid-19 and could prove very useful in the pre-symptomatic detection of Covid-19 Infection, encouraging individuals to self-isolate sooner rather than later.
“Recent studies3 indicate that biometric data collected on wearable devices can be used as early warning indicators of Covid-19. There is a great opportunity here to empower consumers to make informed decisions using this data – helping them take precautions or seek medical help in time, ”said Laurence Hillman, CEO of 1Life. “With 1Life Pulse, which we launched last year, we have already made wearable devices and biometric data available to end users. The next step is to provide them with the LifeQ Covid-19 screening solution – giving them peace of mind about their well-being – letting them know they are doing well, but also alerting them to detected changes that may signal the appearance of Covid-19. “
“The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is designed to accurately measure users’ heart rate, skin temperature and other physiological indicators. Combined with LifeQ’s unique software and models, data from the Galaxy Watch Active 2 can be used to help detect coronavirus infections days before an individual shows symptoms. It’s innovation in action and being able to provide South Africans with vital information before they even show symptoms enhances the power of technology in modern society and amplifies the value of wearable technology, ” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa.
The LifeQ Covid-19 screening app aims to help contain virus transmission by alerting individuals to possible infection before symptoms appear through a combination of physiological monitoring combined with user feedback. Changes in physiology, detected by LifeQ, using data from the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, alert individuals to these changes and allow them to provide contextual feedback through a web application. The app provides each person with a daily screening status to help guide their behavior and interactions with others. This helps them make informed decisions about self-isolation and testing.
“One of the biggest issues with Covid-19 is the time when you have the disease and not know it – not knowing whether you are passing it on to loved ones or coworkers. With this app, we hope to change that and give people the information they need to be proactive and slow the infection rate, ”said Christopher Rimmer, Chief Commercial Officer of LifeQ. “We are in control of so many aspects of our life, but when it comes to health – especially Covid-19 – we often feel helpless and anxious… until now. “
The app ensures that users can monitor their status to provide early indication of health changes and possible Covid-19 infection. It provides an easy way to find out how you are doing and if you might be progressing to the disease.
- A green status indicates that you are doing well, that there seems to be no problem, and that you can continue your day as normal.
- A yellow status signals that you need to exercise caution, adjust your behavior, and monitor yourself for symptoms within the next 1-2 days.
- A red status indicates that you are not feeling well since you have reported symptoms or a positive Covid-19 test in the app.
The LifeQ Covid-19 app also gives users a pre-infection risk score which provides an indication of their risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract Covid-19.
“This type of proactive communication with the user around their health is revolutionary – not only to mitigate the risk of disease spread, but also to put the health of the individual and their contacts in their hands. We all know that when it comes to taking care of our health and well-being, prevention and early detection are essential, ”continues Hillman.
“There is no doubt that as we move forward we are learning more and more about Covid-19 and identifying better ways to prevent transmission beyond social and vaccination measures. As a company that is always striving to change people’s lives, we are extremely proud to be able to offer this app to our 1Life Pulse policyholders, ”said Hillman.
Disclaimer: It should be noted that the LifeQ Covid-19 screening app and supporting technology is not a diagnosis and should not be used as an official diagnosis for Covid-19. All medical and testing protocols should be followed according to local government guidelines.