London: In order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, British researchers have launched a new app that tracks symptoms related to the virus, allowing anyone to self-report daily.
According to the researchers at Kings College London, around 5,000 twins and their families across the UK have been recruited from the ‘TwinsUK’ cohort study to trial the app, which tracks in real-time how the disease progresses.
TwinsUK is a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades. At least 5,000 members of the existing twin cohort and their families are expected to sign up for this new study.
The aim of the free ‘Covid Symptom Tracker’ app is to help slow the outbreak, by helping researchers identify: how fast the virus is spreading in your area, high-risk areas in the country, who are most at risk and by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions.
According to the university, the app will record information about their health on a daily basis, including temperature, tiredness and symptoms such as coughing, breathing problems or headaches. Any participant showing signs of COVID-19 will be sent home a testing kit to better understand what symptoms truly correspond to the coronavirus infection. (IANS)