Monitoring COVID-19 symptoms at home
Mayo Clinic's studies on remote monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms allow people who've tested positive for the virus and people who are at high risk of catching it to measure and report their vital signs and symptoms without going to a health care facility. This research is important to help scientists understand progression, severity and recovery from COVID-19.
Mayo Clinic's multifaceted response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic includes new clinical studies aimed at determining whether remote monitoring can be used to help stop the spread of the virus or improve care for people who've already contracted it.
Remote monitoring: A future power tool in pandemic care?
Researchers at Mayo Clinic are working to create remote health care monitoring tools that allow people who've contracted the coronavirus to safely and effectively self-quarantine.
Continuous remote monitoring devices could have the potential to give health care providers reliable, up-to-the-minute information about their patients' statuses. Remote monitoring devices can yield a full spectrum of data, including:
- Patient-reported information about symptoms, activities, self-quarantine and personal readings of their own health needs
- Physical measurements such as temperature, pulse, lung function (spirometry), oxygen levels and more
- Ongoing metrics that are hard to obtain within the time limits of an in-person visit, including activity levels, step count and overall trends in physical measurements over the course of several days
Important research needs to be conducted to test, validate and ultimately bring remote monitoring technology to patients who test positive for COVID-19. These studies are the first step in testing the utility and feasibility of remote monitoring tools in patients who are at risk of being infected with COVID-19 and patients who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19.