The app also makes use of Global Positioning System tracking to alert both users and officials to see if quarantined individuals stray outside their permitted zone - a move apparently created to help reduce super-spreading events.
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. After setting up an account (the app stresses that your data is anonymized), you go through an initial set-up where you explain if you have any of a number of pertinent health conditions, your postcode (ZIP code for US users) and if you have people in your life who could theoretically look after you if you were to fall ill. As a participant, you'll also need to spend a minute daily reporting if you're healthy or feeling symptoms such as coughs and fatigue.
A new app will track coronavirus.
If you have concerns about how your data will be used, the app states it won't be used for commercial purposes, only for researchers at KCL, Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals, and potentially the NHS.
The people who are most likely to develop a serious respiratory illness if they are infected are those who are at least 65 years old, pregnant or for other health problems such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or a immunocompromised. "It can occur in many different ways", he added.
While the app is available to the general public, the team has also asked 5,000 twins and their families across the United Kingdom - who are already part of a wider research project - to use the app.
Tim this should shed light on the disease's geographic movement, as he added: "The immediate thing is we will get known clusters of disease at different levels of severity all over the country and we will know what is going on".