This app is already being used by millions of people, even if they are well, to register health details. It’s helping to identify
High-risk areas in the UK.
Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions.
How fast the virus is spreading in your area.
Research lead Dr. Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of Twins UK, discusses how your data will be used.
"The information you give us is essential to understand COVID-19. We take the trust you’ve granted us very seriously and have rigorous steps in place to ensure your information is secure. This is why public health and other authorities are working with us. We are also working hard to improve the app based on your feedback. This is a non-profit initiative so please bear with us."
Frequently asked questions
Who is analysing my data?
The governmental organization SAGE and teams from the NHS will be working closely with data scientists at Kings College London and infectious disease epidemiologists to truly understand which symptoms being reported are COVID-19 even if mild. They will also be working with us to understand which areas of the country need the most support including hospital space, test kits and staff.
Will it have any impact on how a vaccine would be developed? Or how treatment is deployed?
The data will be used in conjunction with existing research cohorts like TwinsUK and the UK biobank to link to their existing data and give clues as to etiology – the causes of the condition – which is the key for vaccines.
What is TwinsUK?
TwinsUK is a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades. As well as using the COVID symptom tracker to study symptoms in the general population – TwinsUK will use it to understand how symptoms develop with 5000 participating twins.
What is the UK Biobank?
The UK Biobank is a biological data bank of over 500,000 UK volunteers’ biological information which does not identify them. The biobank is used by approved academic researchers and scientists only and can help us understand the virus further in conjunction with the symptom data that is being shared by citizen scientists.