Nick shares how he became alarmed by a sudden rise in his respiratory rate and how he experienced no other symptoms that would have alerted him to the presence of the virus.
By paying attention to his data, Nick did his part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others on Tour. Weāre proud to have him on WHOOP and thank him for his quick action to protect those around him.
3:28 – An Update on Nickās Health.Ā āI feel fine. Apparently I got a pretty mild strain or the effects have been mild, so thatās good I guess. I also want to mitigate any risk I am towards anybody else.ā
4:07 – Tournament Week at the RBC Heritage.Ā Nick details the events leading up to his positive test before the second round of the tournament.
6:05 – A First Indication. āFriday I woke up and felt better than I did Thursday afternoon. I was a bit sluggish Thursday. I thought it was just because I had woken up so early [for a 6:56 a.m. tee time Thursday]. But I woke up feeling okay and I checked the [WHOOP] data and my respiratory rate had gone up. Iām usually in the low 14s [and it had gone up] to the low 18s,ā Nick says (see screenshot below). Will notes that Nickās respiratory rateĀ has been remarkably consistent over the last year. āIt barely moves,ā Will says. āAnd all of a sudden youāre above 18 [breaths per minute].ā
7:21 – Immediate Concern.Ā āI took a screenshot of the [WHOOP data] and sent it to my wife and said āThis is very alarming,ā just because I had read [an email from WHOOP] whenĀ [WHOOP] had analyzed dataĀ from users that had come down with COVID. It was something that jumped out.ā
9:22 – Clarifying False Reports.Ā āThereās been reports that I was symptomatic. I wasnāt really symptomatic besides this WHOOP data. They put me through a thermal scanner and also took my temperature with a thermometer. Both were normal. No cough. No shortness of breath. My respiratory rate was up but I didnāt wake up panting or anything. I wouldnāt have known [about my respiratory rate] if I hadnāt seen the data.ā
9:59 – Testing Positive.Ā āThey administered the test and then I spoke with the Tour doctor. He said, āGiven that you tested negative [two days prior] and you donāt have these symptoms flashing red, so to speak, you can go warm up.ā ā¦ I went to the golf course, social distanced while warming up, and got a call about 20 minutes before [my round] that said āYour test came back positive. You need to go. You need to leave as soon as you can.ā I said to the doctor, āIs this real? I know I saw the data, butā¦ā He said, āThis is real. You need to go.āā
11:00 – First Reaction.Ā āIt was very scary. Especially at that time because I wasnāt feeling bad. [My mindset] switched to āLetās stay as far away from people as I can.ā It seems like this thing can spread so quickly. I just wanted to get out of there. I have a great deal of respect for my peers. ā¦ I just think itās the right thing to do to protect people if you can.ā
12:15 – The Impact of WHOOP.Ā āIt really is amazing. People have asked me, āIf you had no symptoms, why did you get tested?ā Itās because of the WHOOP data.ā
13:30 – WHOOP on Tour.Ā Will and Nick discuss theĀ Ā safe while play continues. āI think itās super cool,ā Nick says. āIām pretty sure that Iāve heard you guys talk about this with Kristen [Holmes, WHOOP VP of Performance] in herĀ [WHOOP Podcast episode]Ā The Science of Winning. Data is power. Being able to collect it and analyze it, thatās how you improve. I think itās great for the Tour to [outfit everyone with WHOOP], obviously to mitigate risk which is first and foremost at this point, but people can also really learn a lot on the backend.ā
15:52 – Sharing His Story.Ā āMy wife and I have been talking about this: Is there a silver lining in this? Can something good come out of this? It was a bit scary, but if people can learn more and this helps anybody else that can be a good thing, obviously.ā
21:31 – What Nick Has Learned From WHOOP.Ā āYou canāt really fool [WHOOP]. If my kids had a rough night and I slept 4.5 hours, I donāt get a lot of green recoveries when that happens. There haven’t been many days when it gives me 90 [percentĀ recovery] and I feel rundown. Itās like an all-telling thing in certain ways. Itās tough to fool this little thing.ā
22:25 – Recapping the Week That Was.Ā āI played Thursday and had a very early wake up. I felt a bit tired and run down that afternoon, but I didnāt think too much of it because I woke up so early and as far as the virus goes I had tested negative two days before. I didnāt really pay too much mind to that. When I woke up Friday and saw the respiratory rate data it set off an alarm because I had read the [WHOOP] emails saying exactly that. It says in the [WHOOP] app āDonāt expect much change,Ā a significant increase [in respiratory rate] could be meaningful. That is literally the reason why [I got tested], because I didnāt feel badly in terms of anything. I didnāt feel very rundown, I didnāt feel hot, I didnāt have a cough, I didnāt have shortness of breath, none of that. [WHOOP is] the reason I got another test.ā