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How WHOOP is fighting COVID-19

WHOOP is a wrist-worn heart rate monitor that tracks health data including your body’s recovery, respiratory rate, and activities 24/7 to help you optimize your well-being.

In response to the global pandemic, we’re working with researchers from leading health organizations and universities including Harvard Medical School, Brigham Health, and CQUniversity to investigate COVID-19 symptoms, treatment, mitigation, and population health management.


Together with researchers at CQUniversity in Australia, WHOOP conducted a study to determine if changes in respiratory rate could serve as a leading indicator of COVID-19. Findings showed that our algorithm developed via WHOOP respiratory rate data could distinguish between healthy individuals and infected individuals both prior to and during symptoms. This suggests WHOOP could be used as an early detection tool to help identify people who should self-isolate and seek testing.

  • Detection 2 days prior to symptoms

    Detection 2 days prior to symptoms

    The algorithm developed showed detection 2 days prior to symptoms in 20% of cases. This algorithm would meaningfully outperform temperature screening.

  • 80% detection by day 3 of symptoms

    80% detection by day 3 of symptoms

    Most people who do get tested for COVID-19 are getting tested around day 7, so this can provide a much earlier warning

  • Proactive measures

    Proactive measures

    This algorithm could help identify people who should self-isolate and seek testing.

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The WHOOP Journal now includes a COVID-19 tracking option, which allows members to self-report symptoms or a positive infection. Members can then see how their recovery and sleep data is impacted via a weekly and monthly Performance Assessment. Reporting you have contracted or been tested for COVID-19 will help us further our product development and research into COVID-19 symptoms, treatment, mitigation, and population health management.

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In response to the pandemic, WHOOP fast-tracked daily respiratory rate and weekly trends to the mobile app. Changes in respiratory rate have been linked to illness and other significant changes in physiology, and may be the most important metric you can pay attention to if you are concerned about COVID-19.

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See how WHOOP is helping employees, students, and industry leaders monitor health as they return to work. Learn more about our Back to Work program.

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Positive Behavior Change in Response to COVID-19

CQUniversity and WHOOP conducted an anonymized, aggregated study of 50,000 members that showed how social distancing measures and new lifestyle routines encourage positive behavior change to stay healthy:

  • Increase of 11.4 minutes of sleep
  • Earlier bedtime by 25.8 minutes
  • Increased exercise frequency
  • Lowered resting heart rate (-0.9 beats per minute)
  • Increased heart rate variability (+1.3 milliseconds)

This is the first study to quantify the impact on health related behaviors – specifically sleep timing and duration, and exercise frequency, intensity, and modality – of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, this is the first paper that has ever shown that such a small change in sleep has this measurable effect on cardiovascular health.

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The COVID-19 Resilience Project

WHOOP is conducting a study by administering a COVID survey developed by scientists at Brigham Health, Harvard Medical School, Monash University, Austin Health, and ARCHANGELS. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also contributed questions to this survey.

By combining WHOOP data with behavioral research in areas of stress, mental health, changes in lifestyle, and more, WHOOP is helping policy makers and healthcare providers plan for the future:

  • Illness prevention & risk mitigation
  • Population health management
  • Policy-making for future outbreaks
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The products and services of WHOOP are not medical devices, are not intended to diagnose COVID-19, the flu or any other disease, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content available through the products and services of WHOOP is for general informational purposes only.