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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.

DETECTION

Together with researchers at CQUniversity in Australia, WHOOP conducted a study to determine if changes in respiratory rate could serve as an indicator of COVID-19.

Findings showed that our algorithm developed via WHOOP respiratory rate data distinguished between healthy individuals and infected individuals both prior to and during symptoms in some cases. This suggests WHOOP could be developed as an early detection tool to help identify people who should self-isolate and seek testing.

DETECTION 2 DAYS PRIOR TO SYMPTOMS

The algorithm developed showed detection 2 days prior to symptoms in 20% of cases.

80% DETECTION BY DAY 3 OF SYMPTOMS

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

PROACTIVE MEASURES

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

REPORTING COVID-19

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 are 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.

REPORTING COVID-19

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 are 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.

NEW FEATURE: RESPIRATORY RATE ON WHOOP

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 an important metric you can pay attention to.

NEW FEATURE: RESPIRATORY RATE ON WHOOP

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 an important metric you can pay attention to.

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.

RESILIENCE

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

RESILIENCE

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

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)

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.

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

Validation and Accuracy

WHOOP research is distinguished from the rest due to our reliance on 3rd party validation and rigorous testing for accuracy. A recent study conducted by the University of Arizona described WHOOP as an “excellent” tool compared to the gold-standard of sleep tracking. This study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, validated WHOOP accuracy across its sleep monitoring, respiratory rate, and recovery metrics.

The Importance of Respiratory Rate Tracking

WHOOP Member Data in the Time of COVID-19

Podcast No. 72: COVID-19 Recovery Study

PODCAST NO. 67: RESPIRATORY RATE AND COVID-19

PODCAST NO. 71: WHOOP MEMBERS FIGHTING COVID-19

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.