Doctors and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, King's College London and Stanford University School of Medicine teamed up with a health science company called ZOE to develop a smartphone app to study the symptoms of COVID-19 and track the spread of the highly-contagious virus.
Through the app, participants can report their health status daily and give researchers a better idea of where coronavirus hotspots might be.
"If enough Americans share daily how they feel, even if they're well, this app can provide the healthcare system with critically valuable information," lead MGH researcher Dr. Andrew Chan said. "This app-based study is a way to find out where the COVID hot spots are, new symptoms to look out for, and might be used as a planning tool to target quarantines, send ventilators and provide real-time data to plan for future outbreaks."