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A study is underway to see if Apple Watches can detect COVID-19 and it is now taking volunteers.  However, the eligibility requirements are strict and narrow.

The study has partnered with the University of Washington and Seattle Flu Study to take applications from volunteers.

An Apple Watch study announced in September to see whether the device can detect diseases like COVID-19 is now taking applications for volunteers.

via Kent Porter

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Researchers at the University of Washington are seeking King County residents to participate in a respiratory health study using data collected from Apple Watches. The study examines if, and how, an Apple Watch can detect early warning signs of acute respiratory infections, such as COVID-19 and flu, according to UW Medicine’s Brotman Baty Institute.

The study was announced last year in September 2020 with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6. Check out the announcement below:

Finally, investigators with the Seattle Flu Study at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine and faculty from the University of Washington School of Medicine will seek to learn how signals from apps on Apple Watch, such as Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen, could serve as early signs of respiratory conditions like influenza and COVID-19.’

There are two other studies being done as well by the University of California, Irvine, and Anthem, and the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network.

For volunteers to participate in the UW Medicine study, you must live in the Greater Seattle area, be at least twenty-two years or older, have an iPhone 6s or better, be completely fluent in English, and be willing to participate for six months. The Apple Watch will be provided to you by the study. You can read the full eligibility criteria here.

What are your thoughts concerning Apple Watches possibly being used to detect COVID-19? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

 

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U.S. Bans Downloads of Tik Tok & We Chat Beginning This Sunday!

Time is up! As we reported nearly forty-five days ago, by an executive order from Donald Trump, downloads of Tik Tok and We Chat will be banned beginning this Sunday, September 20th!

For Tik Tok, this means no new users will be allowed download it; and the app will be blocked from updates, improvements, and maintenance. 

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Time is up! As we reported nearly forty-five days ago, by an executive order from Donald Trump, downloads of Tik Tok and We Chat will be banned beginning this Sunday, September 20th!

For Tik Tok, this means no new users will be allowed download it; and the app will be blocked from updates, improvements, and maintenance.

via CNN

What's happening with TikTok? Here's the latest

The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday as the Trump administration’s executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect.

The Department said Friday that as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok on an app store will be prohibited. Apple and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
While users who have already downloaded the apps may be able to continue using the software, the restrictions mean updated versions of the apps cannot be downloaded.
“The only real change as of Sunday night will be [TikTok users] won’t have access to improved apps, updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday morning on Fox Business.
The restrictions targeting WeChat are more extensive. Beginning Sunday, it will be illegal to host or transfer internet traffic associated with WeChat, the Department said in a release. The same will be true for TikTok as of Nov. 12, it said. (The Trump administration is currently weighing a proposal involving ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent, and Oracle, designed to resolve the administration’s national security concerns related to TikTok; the deadline for a deal is Nov. 12.)
TikTok and Tencent, WeChat’s owner, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Further restrictions could still be announced later, including against other apps if they are seen to be used as workarounds.
In earlier court filings, the US government suggested that the restrictions on TikTok and WeChat would be limited in scope and not aimed at harming consumers or TikTok’s US employees.
TikTok employees will still be able to receive salaries and benefits and to do their day jobs without running afoul of the ban.
In a separate filing on Sept. 15, the US government warned that communication over WeChat might be “impaired” as a result of forthcoming policies, but that “users will not be targeted or subject to penalties.”
“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” said Ross. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”
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The Trump administration as effectively killed Tik Tok and criminalized We Chat. Although most Americans care about the former, than the latter, this is an unprecedented move by any American President when it comes to business and commerce.
Tik Tok, thanks to “Oracle,” a multibillion dollar database software company, may have saved itself. Oracle has partnered with Tik Tok and its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to come up with terms the Trump administration will find acceptable for it to continue on.
We are sure some other new app will rise to take Tik Tok’s place, but if the administration can do this to Tik Tok what is to stop them from doing the same to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or even SnapChat? Sure, they are American based apps, but all he needs in a loophole. As you may recall, he threatened action against Twitter when he was fact checked, stating they suppress “conservative” voices.

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