There is now a coronavirus symptom tracking app which allows scientists to help monitor the spread of the disease, which aims to slow down the spread of the outbreak.
In the hopes of monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 disease, scientists from King’s College London have developed a coronavirus symptom tracking app.
The app, named COVID-19 Symptom Tracker, was developed by researchers in order to slow down the outbreak by monitoring those who log into the app.
Leader of the project, Professor Tim Spector, explained: “The more of the public that also use the app, the better the real-time data we will have to combat the outbreak in this country.”
It is believed by the researchers that data from the app will reveal important information about the symptoms and progress of the disease in different people. It will scientists understand why in some people, the virus develops into something much more severe or fatal, whilst others only experience mild symptoms.
It will also help doctors to distinguish mild coronavirus symptoms from seasonal coughs and colds.
Once you have downloaded the app, you will be prompted to create an account. To do so, you will need to answer some basic questions such as your age, height, weight and postcode.
The app will then ask you about your health, including whether or not you suffer from diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease.
Finally, you will be asked to answer some questions on whether or not you have been tested for COVID-19, and if you’ve had any symptoms such as experiencing a fever, a persistent cough or fatigue.
The idea behind the app is you respond to a series of questions each day, that way scientists can track the spread of the disease across the UK.
A message on the app reads: “We would appreciate it if you could check back in tomorrow if you feel up to it. Knowing how you are progressing is extremely helpful for our research.”