Covid Symptom Tracker app aims to help stop coronavirus' spread

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

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.

A Plymouth schoolgirl has been diagnosed with coronavirus - but did not show the usual symptoms of the virus, a letter to parents has revealed.

But for people who suspect they have come down with COVID-19, the disruption of the health system makes it hard to get a diagnosis and treatment.

Still, the overlap between symptoms of COVID-19 and symptoms of other common conditions is in part why widespread testing is necessary.

Fever, cough and shortness of breath are common symptoms reported by patients.

If the symptoms seem life-threatening - severe breathing difficulties, for example - you should call 911 immediately.

Always consult your doctor to be sure.

Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, said: "The concept is it is an early warning radar device because we are asking about non-classical symptoms as well, because many people are reporting non-persistent cough, or feeling unwell or a unusual feeling of a lack of taste, or chest tightness that aren't in the classical list but if we see it across the country in clusters we know they are probably real [symptoms of Covid-19]".

There is no COVID-19 treatment or vaccine yet, so authorities are urging those who get sick to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread. Either way, if you feel ill, health experts recommend you stay home (unless it's a trip to the doctor).

If you need someone else to drive, leave the windows down, wear a mask if you have one and keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver.

If you are sick, yes. the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that you should wear one each time you are with other people and before entering a health facility. This is purely for you to easily provide data for scientists to use.

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