COVID Symptom Tracker

Scientists at Kings College London have launched an app which they hope will help slow the Covid-19 outbreak. They are asking members of the public to self-report symptoms daily, even if they are feeling well, a task which they say takes just one minute to do.

Researchers will use the data to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads. From it they will be able to identify which are the high-risk areas in the UK, how fast the virus is spreading area by areas and who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions.

The research is being led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.

“I was rather depressed as they were shutting down everything in the university and I thought that twins are the best studied people in the country, so how can we use that information in this crisis?” he told BBC News.

Initially, the app was made available only to the twins taking part in his studies, but the professor realised it could be scaled up to the general public.

You can download it on the App Store or get it on Google Play.