How Can I Use Oura to Monitor Illness?

Keep track of your health during illness using new tags in the Oura app.

These tags—Cold, Flu, & Confirmed COVID-19—join others like Headache, and Sick so you can stay on top of your symptoms and get back to your normal routine.

How can I use tags to monitor illness?

If you’re monitoring yourself for illness, you can use tags to keep track of changes in your condition.

To add a tag, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the '+' button in the lower right-hand corner of the home tab.
  2. Tap 'Add a tag' in the menu.
  3. Select a tag from the provided list.
  4. Select the desired date and time.
  5. Tap 'Done' in the upper right-hand corner.

Using tags like Headache, Medication, and Sick can help you better manage illness and will help explain any significant changes in metrics like body temperature, sleep efficiency, and respiratory rate.

Can I remove or edit a tag if my symptoms change?

You may edit or remove tags if you experience a change in symptoms. To do so, follow these steps:

If the tag is from the current day:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the home tab to view your tags underneath 'Activities'.
  2. Tap the tag you would like to edit or delete.
  3. Change the tag or edit the comment, date, or time—or tap 'Delete tag entry' to remove it.
  4. Select 'Done' once you've finished editing a tag, or confirm your desire to delete a tag by tapping 'Delete' when prompted. Both will return you to the home tab.

If the tag is from a previous day:

  1. Tap 'Today' atop the home tab.
  2. Select the date your tag was added using the calendar.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the home tab to view your tags underneath 'Activities'.
  4. Tap the tag you would like to edit or delete.
  5. Change the tag or edit the comment, date, or time—or tap 'Delete tag entry' to remove it.
  6. Select 'Done' once you've finished editing a tag, or confirm your desire to delete a tag by tapping 'Delete' when prompted.

Can I make a custom tag to track more specific symptoms?

You can't create custom tags at this time. However, you can add custom notes to your tags. To add a custom note, simply tap 'Add a comment' when adding a tag.

Keep in mind that custom notes will not appear in daily, weekly, or monthly trend views. You will, however, be able to view any tags you've added.

When should I use the Confirmed COVID-19 tag?

The 'Confirmed COVID-19' tag is intended to be used for diagnosed cases only. That being said, tags are your tool to monitor yourself and find insights about how your body responds to strain and recovery. Use them at your discretion. 

Does the Confirmed COVID-19 tag apply to the UCSF study?

The COVID-19 tag is not associated with the UCSF TemPredict study and does not impact participation in the study.

To read more about tracking illness and symptoms using Oura, check out this article.

Please note, Oura products and services are not medical devices and are not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, cure or diagnose any disease or condition. Oura's insights are suggestions based upon your data, and shouldn’t be substituted for medical advice or prevent you from taking a holistic view of your overall health. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult your doctor.

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