NBA players could wear smart ring to track COVID-19 symptoms as season resumes
The Oura wearable tracks temperature, respiratory rate and sleeping patterns.
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As the NBA restarts its season using Walt Disney World facilities in Orlando, Florida, players are reportedly set to use a wearable to track their health and look for COVID-19 symptoms. Oura Health confirmed it's providing the Oura smart ring and its "early illness detection monitoring" system to not only NBA players but also team and league staff.
"We now have compelling evidence for how Oura can support discoveries in illness detection, symptom profiles and recovery," Harpreet Rai, Oura CEO, said in an emailed statement. "Working with the NBA is the next step in our mission to help safeguard public health.
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The Las Vegas Sands casino and hotel group will also be providing its employees with Oura rings when it reopens, Oura said.
The NBA is resuming its season on July 30, with players staying at three separate
World resorts. They'll play games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facilities. The NBA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.