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A NEW gadget may be able to detect early signs of coronavirus, scientists say.

The wireless device, which looks like a plaster, sticks to the base of the neck to monitor throat movement, breathing, heart rate and temperature.

Researchers in the US, who developed the flexible device, say its technology is similar to sensors designed to monitor speech and swallowing in recovering stroke patients.

The tech is also not unlike the chips you’d find inside FitBits and other fitness trackers.

It’s part of a growing effort to develop remote patient monitoring programmes that allow hospitals and health systems to check up on patients at home.

The scientists, from Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, explain that users would wear the gadget for all hours of the day – only removing it once for daily charging.

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While it charges, the patch’s stored data is synced with a smart device

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