Pentagon backs tech firm’s push to identify COVID-19 infections with body-worn sensors

The effort comes as experts worry about a “second wave” of the pandemic.

The Pentagon is working with a prominent technology company to use body-worn sensors to identify Americans infected with the novel coronavirus even before symptoms start to appear.

The nascent project, funded by the Defense Health Agency and organized by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF), also hopes to accurately predict which patients are likely to contract severe disease, according to a press release from physIQ, the Chicago-based company behind the effort.

“The second wave (of the pandemic) is going to come this fall. I’m already hearing people talk about, ‘How do I bring my employees back?'” Gary Conkright, physIQ’s founder and CEO, told ABC News. “We think we’re working on a solution to that.” Read more…