Almost all nations went through a phase of a lockdown. But it’s safe to assume that most people didn’t switch where they live during it. Not only did I did, but I also wore the Oura ring during coronavirus lockdown, prior to it, and after.
If you doubted the usefulness of the Oura Ring after reading our review in the past, what I learned from the Oura ring during coronavirus, will change your mind.
Tracking of Temperature: The Biggest Winner of COVID-19
One of the features the Oura ring came with was the ability to track temperature. Something that could be super useful to females with managing their periods, but something that for sure wouldn’t be a reason for someone to get the Oura ring alone.
…COVID-19 changed that.
The Oura ring is one of the only few devices that can track your temperature throughout the day, giving you clear insights into how your body is coping with things, and in this case, if you perhaps are catching something like the coronavirus.
After all, the headaches can disappear pretty quickly, and you might be fine, but might be giving the virus to other people that won’t be fine. A single temperature screening at one given time might not catch that. An Oura ring that gives you data at all times, it would.
In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed even greater development of this feature.
As far as temperature goes though, I haven’t seen any major increases, as of yet.
Oura Ring During Coronavirus Shows That Lockdown Has Decreased Activity by Double
An average person? They don’t have a treadmill at home. If they work out, they either go to a gym or do it outdoors.
When the COVID lockdown started in Italy, I only moved there a month previously so I was overall less active than generally, only having signed up for a gym membership a week prior, but at the same time, I was active, walking every day.
And to be frank, when the lockdown started, my activity didn’t decrease right away in the first week. That’s because it was assumed you could at least go out and exercise, which turned out not to be the case, resulting in a dramatic decrease in activity over the next month.
We are talking going from an average of 500 calories burned every day (although in January I was moving), to an average of around 280 per day, from activity.
…And sure, excuses…
But the reality is that it’s very hard to do great hight intensity workouts at home. And those are certainly not efficient.
Most people probably never had this issue as while their gyms were closed, they were able to go out and exercise.
…Italy took it a bit too far.
And I noticed the effects of it.
My girlfriend had huge issues mentally, being stuck all the time, with both of us usually being very active outdoors. Not to mention, that as an athlete, she wasn’t able to do any cardio-related to her sport, inside.
Sleep is Something That Doesn’t Seem to Improve
February 2020? I’m averaging sleep time of around 12:24 AM. Take it to March and it’s at 1:37 AM. April? It hits a peak of 1:56 AM.
And it makes sense.
When you are in Italy and can’t have your morning cappuccino nor can’t wake up knowing you can leave the home for a walk or an adventure, there’s no reason to wake up early nor to sleep early.
One interesting thing about this part is that I actually didn’t drink any coffee at all during the lockdown period. Why? As I can only drink good coffee, and I didn’t have this in my home at that point.
Here, the limited sun and vitamin D exposure probably also played a huge role.
My bedtime right away went to down to 12:40 AM when I left Italy. It was 12:20 AM in June, and now 11:36 AM in July.
What really stands out in the data provided by the Oura ring during coronavirus is the sleep score though.
There’s a huge difference between all the other months, whether prior or after, than to March and April.
What I Want From OURA
Oura has been updating the app a TON since the Coronavirus started.
This might have a lot to do with the funding they have recently released.
The UI has changed a ton, the features are becoming more insightful and useful, but there’s still a ton of potential for more.
And that’s something that excites me about the Oura ring.
What do I want the most from Oura?
I want to be able to see if me having an argument with my girlfriend has an impact on me.
Seeing how your body gets effected from many sides, whether it be the temperature, heart rate variety, and much more, is great, but right now I can’t see what kinds of effects certain things in my life have. And that without a doubt is coming. I see Oura making moves towards it. The question is, WHEN?
Another factor is the tags you can input. We need more. I want to be able to put in that I played football. Right now I can’t do that.
…Even though, a lot of COVID-19 tags were added recently.
Is the Oura Ring Helpful During Coronavirus?
Lockdown? Was it a good idea or a bad idea? It’s hard to tell. We need to wait a year before anyone can make a proper conclusion.
But one thing is clear. Some lockdown rules are too strict and don’t make any sense. The Oura ring shows that, but most importantly, it helps you keep track of what direction you are going in, and that’s what makes the Oura ring super helpful during COVID-19, and well, regardless of what virus or situation there is.
It’s the most insightful tracker out there.
As to lockdowns?
What are the long-term effects of no activity for over 2 months going to be for Italians?
What are the long-term effects of no vitamin D from sun, when it comes to people that don’t take Vitamin D but spend a lot of time outdoors?
We aren’t scientists, we don’t do politics here, but we know two things for sure. People are going to be more interested in Oura than they probably anticipated, and that lockdown strategies need to be more considered because some of them were based on emotions of “we will protect people” rather than logics. We don’t know a single person that benefited from not being able to exercise outdoors. But we do know that people have died from being stuck at homes, and that long-term effects of extreme lockdowns, might be disturbing.