Apple Watch Series 6 might have a vital feature for the coronavirus era


Jacob Siegal

  • Apple is reportedly going to build a blood oxygen sensor into the Apple Watch Series 6.
  • Doctors and experts say that low oxygen saturation levels can be a sign of COVID-19, which is why pulse oximeters have been sold out online for months.
  • Apple announced that the iPhone 12 launch has been delayed past September due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which means the next Apple Watch might be delayed as well.

It's been close to five months since the US government declared a national emergency due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but our understanding of the virus is still woefully limited.

Some people who catch the virus become very ill and require urgent care, but others will never know they're infected unless they get tested. The symptoms are so varied and arbitrary, it can difficult to determine whether or not you have COVID-19 without getting a test. Therefore, it's no surprise that pulse oximeters started flying off store shelves in the early days of the pandemic, because low blood oxygen levels can be a sign of the disease.

A pulse oximeter is an electronic device that clips to your finger and measures both your heart rate and the oxygen saturation in your red blood cells. As Yale Medicine explains, oxygen levels between 95-97% are considered normal by the American Lung Association, but any reading below that range would warrant calling a doctor. At the very least, it's nice to have one around for peace of mind, and the next Apple Watch might have one built in.

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