UCSF TemPredict Study FAQs

The UCSF TemPredict Study is aimed at observing associations between dermal body temperature, heart rate and related metrics, and onset of symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, which can characterize COVID-19.

What's the goal of UCSF TemPredict Study?

The purpose of this study is to collect information from a wearable sensor that may allow researchers to develop an algorithm that can predict onset of symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, which can characterize COVID-19.

To learn more we encourage you to explore the UCSF TemPredict Study website, as well as CNET’s latest video.

What does participation involve?

Study participation includes the below details.

1. Completing a Screening and Baseline Survey online

2. Wearing an Oura ring for 3 months

3. Completing daily surveys indicating whether you are experiencing any illness symptoms

4. Sharing data collected by the Oura Ring App (including temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, sleep, and activity) with Oura, Inc.

How can I join the UCSF TemPredict Study?

Anyone with an Oura ring can participate in the study, symptoms, or no symptoms. Both Android and iOS users have the ability to sign up and receive daily survey questions in the Oura app. To participate, please ensure the Oura app is fully updated on your device.

Once you join the study, a daily symptom survey will appear at the top of your Home tab. Your responses are incredibly helpful, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms of any illness. If you miss a day, it’s ok! If you want to go back and add to the survey, you can do so by tapping the link at the top of the Home tab.

What should I do if I’ve signed up for the study, but I’m not seeing any survey questions in the app?

If you are not seeing the survey in the app, please make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of the Oura app. To check that you are using the most updated version of the app please go to Settings → Application. The survey will be shown on app versions greater than 2.10.1 If your app version is outdated go to the Google Play (Android) or App Store (iOS) to update your app.

If your app is updated, please check that you are signed up for the survey using the same email you used to create your Oura Account. To check the email that you are signed in under go to Settings → Account.

Will you be accessing my historical data once I signup?

UCSF researchers will receive your Oura data dating back to your date of enrollment (when you joined the study). Oura will provide these data to UCSF researchers. In other words, these data will be digitally “cut” to start when you enroll and terminate 3 months later (participation lasts 3 months) before UCSF researchers receive them. UCSF will only have access to your Oura Ring data during the time that you are enrolled in the study. This study is focused on linking ring data to symptoms that you report via the daily symptom surveys. Unrelated data, including historical data, do not have accompanying daily survey symptom data, so are not of use for our research.

How can I leave the study?

To opt-out of UCSF’s TemPredict study, you can do so by following the below steps:

1. Login to Oura on the web

2. Go to your account settings

3. Scroll down to Oura Teams 

4. Select revoke access.

Can I take my temperature with the Oura Ring?

The Oura Ring does not provide instantaneous temperature readings and, instead, reports deviations from your average. Our temperature question within the daily survey is asking whether you took your temperature with another device, such as a thermometer.

Can I see the research data during the study?

We are not currently able to release interim reports based on the incoming data, but this may change as the situation evolves. We are eager to give Oura users as much information as quickly as possible, but with our limited resources, our current focus must be on the research effort itself. When the study is completed UCSF will publish the study results.

Oura’s insights are suggestions based upon your data and shouldn’t be substituted for medical advice. Please continue to use your own judgment when making your daily choices and let us know if you have additional questions or feedback.

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 learn how to monitor illness using tags in trends, navigate to this article.

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