NHS asks for symptom tracking against COVID-19

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has asked citizens to use new Coronavirus Status Checker, building data and knowledge on the spread of coronavirus in the UK.

Mr Hancock said:

“Technology and data is playing a vital role in battling coronavirus and supporting our heroic NHS frontline workers to save lives, protect the vulnerable, and relive pressure on the NHS.

“We must learn as much as possible about this virus, and we are asking the whole nation to join this effort.

“If anyone has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 I would urge you to use our new status checker app to help us to collect essential information on the virus and allow us to better allocate NHS resources where they are needed most.”

The app asks users:

  • why they are staying at home
  • to choose from a series of options to describe how they are feeling
  • whether they have any other health problems
  • their date of birth
  • their postcode
  • how many people are living in their home.

The app is aimed at those who have received advice to stay at home, so is more focussed on potential COVID-19 cases rather than the whole population. Another app from Kings College London tracks users’ health status, whether they are likely coronavirus patients or not. This approach should provide much more detail on the spread of the virus through people with extremely mild symptoms. Find information on this app here.

Read the press release on the NHS tracking tool here.

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Published on 7. April 2020 in News, News UK, Press Release