Apple unveiled a new feature for its new watchOS 7 that automatically detects handwashing behavior and aims to streamline the activity amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a press release from Apple's newsroom.
Apple's watchOS 7 has automatic handwashing detection
Apple debuted a new automatic handwashing detection feature for its watchOS 7, to help users thoroughly wash their hands amid the coronavirus crisis.
Of course, the new Apple Watch is waterproof, which removes the need to remove one's watch before washing hands. The new app will track how long users wash their hands, and automatically detects when users are washing their hands.
It's interesting to note that since the new Apple Watch will be waterproof, users may be able to swim without taking it off. However, this isn't recommended until Apple confirms.
“We’re energized by the positive impact Apple Watch is having on our customers and are excited to deliver meaningful new tools that support their health, fitness, and wellness,” said Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams. “watchOS 7 brings sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new workout types together with a whole new way to discover and use watch faces, helping our users stay healthy, active, and connected.”
UPDATE June 22, 3:50 PM EDT: Apple recommends handwashing amid the coronavirus
Handwashing is crucial to curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease that has infected more than 9 million people worldwide, with nearly 475,000 deaths, according to the WHO.
This is why it's crucial to wash thoroughly for an extended period — a task which the new Apple Watch will help users remember with a countdown that automatically activates to let users know when they've washed enough.
Numerous handwashing guides have circulated since the initial outbreak of the virus — first in China, then across Europe and into the Western hemisphere.