Local Welsh Labour MP, Chris Elmore, is encouraging his constituents to download a new Coronavirus symptom checker app to help NHS Wales respond to the current pandemic.
People right across Wales are being asked to log their daily symptoms via the app to help build a clearer picture of how the virus is affecting different communities. The app has been designed to be used by everyone; not just those who are experiencing symptoms.
Developed by researchers at King’s College London and healthcare science company, ZOE, the Covid-19 Symptom Tracker is already being used by 38,000 people across Wales, and over 2 million people across the UK. Users can input daily health indicators and flag any potential Covid-19 symptoms. It is also being used by healthcare and hospital workers.
Data from the app will be shared daily with the Welsh Government and the Welsh NHS to help give early indications as to where new hospital admissions are likely to be.
Scientists from King’s College London and the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank at Swansea University will work with the Welsh Government to analyse the data to inform modelling and understand and predict the ways in which the disease is developing in Wales.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“We all have our part to play in responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s vital that NHS Wales and the Welsh Government has the most up-to-date information as to what is happening on the ground and how this disease is affecting people.
“I would urge all constituents to download the new Covid-19 Symptom Tracker so that we can help to sustain our additional NHS capacity and save lives in the weeks and months ahead. It’s really simple to use and doesn’t take up much time each day.”
The research team at King’s College London and ZOE are analysing the data to generate new insights about the disease. An interactive map allowing anyone to see the distribution of Civid-19 in their area, alongside frequent scientific updates, is available via: www.covid.joinzoe.com. The app itself can also be downloaded from the same website and is free to use.