How the NBA Covid-19 Tracking Rings Will Work

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Tyrone Black
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Everyone wants the NBA reboot to work in Orlando.  A Covid-19 tracking ring may be the key to this season's succcess.

The smart rings, from Finnish company Oura, are designed to identify those with potential coronavirus symptoms early on.

Players will wear the ring on their finger.  It comes with an app that measures your sleep, heart rate, temperature and something called Readiness, a score that can predict when a user either needs to take it easy or may be coming down with something.  Perhaps more importantly, the ring is capable of detecting early cases of the flu.

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The NBA has purchased, with the blessing of the league’s players association and at no cost to teams or players, more than 2,000 of these $300 smart rings for its players and staff to use on a voluntary basis to help keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay.

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Commercially available since 2016, NBA players including Kevin Love and players and strength and conditioning coaches from teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets have used Oura in the past to help optimize their sleep and overall wellness. San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili and Shaquille O’Neal are investors, and tech CEOs Jack Dorsey, Michael Dell and Marc Benioff are famous Oura devotees. The Las Vegas Sands casino and hotel group have purchased more than 50,000 smart rings to help detect illness in its employees.

Petri Hollmen, the company CEO, said he tested positive after the ring he was wearing had its Readiness score plummet from its usual 80-90 to 54 even though he felt fine.

A number of NBA players announced positive Covid-19 test results in recent days as cases continue to spike in Florida and much of the Southern and Western US.  Denver Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic, along with Indiana Pacers star Malcolm Brogdon, Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones and two players from the Sacramento Kings, announced this week that they’ve tested positive for COVID-19.

- Tyrone Black,

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