A press release issued on the 29th April announcing the charity partnership, states that more than 2.5 million participants have so far downloaded the app and are using it to regularly report on their health, making it the largest public science project of its kind anywhere in the world.
“The over-70s and those with pre existing health conditions appear to be most at risk from the effects of COVID-19, yet they are significantly under-represented in the group of people currently providing data through the app. However, early analysis shows that the illness may start with different symptoms in these groups, such as diarrhoea and confusion, rather than the classic cough and fever.
One of the biggest barriers to recruiting people with pre-existing health conditions and those over 70 was access to technology. Developers at ZOE – the company behind the app – have now updated it to allow multiple user profiles, so that family, friends or carers can log daily health reports on behalf of anyone who wishes to take part in the study but does not have access to a smartphone.”
WMUK Chief Executive Lindsey Bennister said: “This is a great opportunity to take part in research into COVID-19 to help scientists understand more. I had COVID-19 a few weeks’ ago and have been participating in this research project daily. It’s also a really good source of high quality information about the latest science and thinking around the virus.”
To take part in this important initiative and to contribute to advance vital research on COVID-19, you can download the app here.