FITBIT AND NASA COLLABORATE FOR COVID-19 VIGILANCE AMONG ASTRONAUTS, MISSION-CRITICAL EMPLOYEES

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) works on a Pilot program with Fitbit and Fitbit’s Ready for Work system for a thousand space agency employees. As per a statement by the company, the Ready for Work solution is part of an effort to help employees make informed decisions about working onsite during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the program, 1,000 NASA employees performing mission-critical work at six locations across the United States will receive Fitbit Charge 4 devices and will be able to access Fitbit’s Ready for Work Daily Check-In experience, the statement adds.

The in-app Daily Check-In feature allows users to log their symptoms and temperature, rack key health metrics, and receive summarised COVID-19 guidance based on CDC guidelines. The Fitbit Ready for Work Daily Check-In feature allows users to observe key health parameters like resting heart rate, breathing rate, and heart rate variability, tracked by their Fitbit device.

Among those participating in the NASA-Fitbit project are 150 astronauts and employees at the space agency critical to future space missions, under the NASA Health Stabilization Program, Fitbit said. The program aims to mitigate the risk of falling ill with an infectious disease that can be transmitted to astronaut flight crews in the critical preflight period.

According to the company, the Fitbit pilot program’s goal is to help NASA and its employees prevent the spread of COVID-19 while also supporting their overall health and well-being.

According to Amy McDonough, Managing Director and General Manager of Fitbit Health Solutions at Google, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical role Fitbits can play in supporting people have a better life with proper sleep, eating habits and, in general, take control of their health and wellness in a better manner for a healthier lifestyle.

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