How a New App for Tracking COVID-19 Symptoms Will Help Scientists
There is a new way the public can help with the fight against the coronavirus!
Scientists are asking individuals to input their symptoms using the COVID Symptom Tracker.
Users self-report daily, even if they have no symptoms. This allows scientists to better understand the symptoms, track how fast the virus is spreading, and help the health care system prepare.
The app was co-developed with physicians and researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, King's College London, Stanford University School of Medicine, and ZOE. It was first released in the U.K. and is now available in the U.S.
Stand Up To Cancer worked with the developers to include important questions for those battling cancer. The app asks if the person is living with cancer, and if so, what type; what treatment they're receiving; whether they're part of a clinical trial; and where they're undergoing treatment.
The questions ensure that cancer patients and survivors are included in this important data.