“Definitely glad this tech is benefiting pro basketball players, rather than, say, people who live or work in nursing homes,” says one Twitter pal.
But that’s just it. This tech is available to people who live or work in nursing homes — and everyone else. It’s not military technology developed by the Chinese government and bestowed on their loyal servants in the NBA. It’s the Oura smart ring. And *supposedly* it can detect the onset of COVID-19 with 90 percent accuracy up to three days before symptoms begin showing.
I feel like … we should have heard more about that already. The reason it’s so difficult to control the spread of the virus is that people are infectious before they’re symptomatic. They’re transmitting the virus unknowingly before they recognize the need to isolate themselves. If there’s a device out there that can detect a likely infection much earlier than we can now, a sort of early-warning system to pre-symptomatic carriers that it’s time to quarantine, that could have enormous implications for the pandemic. Why weren’t we told about this sooner?