COVID-19 – You can aid research

Wessex Cancer Support would like to encourage clients with cancer to download the COVID-19 Symptom study app and to participate in what is thought to be the largest study of its kind in the world.

The COVID Symptom Study app will be important in understanding symptom progression in cancer patients and allowing medical professionals to anticipate better what to expect and when, how, and which symptoms may present and progress.

The app developed by King’s College London (KCL) and technology company Zoe, which tracks symptoms of the disease, has been downloaded nearly four million times in the UK.

Not to be confused with the government’s contact-tracing app, the Covid-19 Symptom Study app allows users to report daily whether they feel healthy, and record any symptoms.

Working together with cancer research organisations like Cancer Research UK, the American Cancer Society and Stand Up To Cancer, the app is gathering information that is relevant to cancer patients and will help to improve their care.

All data is shared daily with researchers at King’s College London & the NHS.

You can download the app here.