BREATHE - Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health

Statement on COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app

Statement on BREATHE’s involvement in the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app, developed by King’s College London and ZOE

Visit the ZOE website for details on the app and where to download

07 April 2020

Health data has a vital role to play in the fight against COVID-19.

With over 2 million subscribers, there is huge potential in the data currently being collected via the popular COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app, developed by King’s College London and ZOE. 

We greatly welcome the opportunity to securely host these data on the accredited SAIL Databank in order to assist UK efforts to enable the ethical and safe use of these sensitive data for public benefit.

The speed with which this has been achieved is testament to the collaborative spirit of all those involved and their determination in tackling the current pandemic.

Data from the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app will be vital in the fight against COVID-19. We greatly welcome the opportunity to work with colleagues at King’s College London and ZOE to securely host these data on the accredited SAIL Databank in order to assist UK efforts to enable the ethical and safe use of these sensitive data for public benefit.

Professor Aziz SheikhBREATHE Director, University of Edinburgh

Securely hosting the data

Deidentified data (app data with any identifiable information removed) from the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app is now arriving into SAIL Databank on a daily basis. Requests to access the data for research purposes can be made via the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway.

To ensure that the data has maximum impact in a short timeframe, we are accelerating requests from the NHS or those with anticipated direct impact to the COVID-19 response.

Visit the HDR UK Innovation Gateway to request access to the app data

Supporting informed decisions in the COVID-19 response

We want to keep decision-making bodies up to speed on the latest data, to support informed, timely decisions on the management of the virus across the UK.

To do this, approved BREATHE analysts have been tasked with initial analyses of the data, to be shared with national governments, NHS COVID-19 teams and other national agencies.

Read the ZOE press release

View the press release from ZOE, issued 03 April 2020

 

What BREATHE does with the app data

We've answered some key questions about our involvement.

Find out about the type of data we receive, how we safely manage access, and why it's so important.

What does BREATHE do with the app data? And why is it so important?

 

Contact

For any queries on BREATHE's involvement in the app, or accessing the data, please email us on breathe.admin@ed.ac.uk

If you have any feedback on the app, or technical issues, please check the FAQs on the ZOE website or email the ZOE team on covidtrackingquestions@joinzoe.com