Local authorities and hospitals in Japan have been using a range of remote monitoring devices to keep tabs on coronavirus patients recovering at home or in designated hotels during the pandemic.

The equipment includes innovative technology such as a shirt that gauges a patient's heart rate and a bed that tracks respiratory function.

And according to a team at St. Luke's International University in Tokyo that has developed its own telenursing system, such devices could even play a role in lowering the infection risk for overburdened health care providers.