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App that tracks COVID 19 in United Kingdom

An app that tracks the symptoms of Covid-19 in the UK has become one of the most popular apps. its download has spread throughout the world, Its creators aim to deliver insights into why some people get the disease more severely than others.

They also hope to create a map showing where outbreaks are happening and help distinguish cases from those of the common cold.
It is one of many such new apps. Experts have warned people to be cautious about which they download.

However, at present, Covid19 Symptom Tracker is the third most popular app in Apple's UK store and second in Google Play's new releases chart for the country.

Its developers are targeting one million downloads in 24 hours. The program has been shared thousands of times via WhatsApp and other social-media platforms. Created in just three days by researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals and King's College London university, in conjunction with the nutrition advice start-up Zoe, it has already reached 750,000 downloads and, according to its developers, is being installed at a rate of 50,000 times an hour.

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Home-testing kit
The app was the brainchild of Prof Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiologist at King's College, who has specialized in the genetics and medical histories of twins for the past 25 years.

"I was rather depressed as they were shutting down everything in the university and I thought that twins are the best studied people in the country, so how can we use that information in this crisis?" he told BBC News.
Initially, the app was made available only to the twins taking part in his studies, who were sent a home-testing kit to better understand which symptoms corresponded to the coronavirus.
But the professor realized it could be scaled up to the general public, without the testing element.
Temperature reading
"The NHS hasn't come up with a better alternative and this app seems to be working," he said.

"We are hoping to get to one million downloads by the end of the day and we will also be ready to release data by then for the NHS, data modelers and researchers to play with."
The software requires users to share personal details, including their age, height and medical history. It then asks them to describe symptoms, if they have any, on a daily basis, as well as to give a temperature reading.

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Critically unwell
Prof Spector said it could potentially help the NHS:

1.learn how fast the virus is spreading in a particular area, as well as highlighting high-risk parts of the country.
2.better understand the symptoms, including the differences between those of the virus and the common cold.
3.explain why some people develop a mild illness while others become critically unwell
4.A spokeswoman for Zoe told BBC News all shared data would be anonymized and not used for any commercial purpose. And users could delete all their records when the crisis was over.

But as spam and malware skyrocket on the back of the pandemic, one expert said people would be wise to be cautious about downloading other apps purporting to help tackle coronavirus.

"I am concerned by the rash of websites and apps intended to allow people to report of their Covid-19 symptoms," said privacy expert Pat Walshe.
'Dubious ethics'
"I've found it difficult or impossible to determine who is behind a number of them.
"They do not adopt appropriate standards of compliance with data protection law and I see dubious ethics.

"Could an app help? Yes, possibly. But I think we need the NHS to coordinate it in order to provide confidence, trust and protection."
Prof Spector agrees people need to be careful.

"There are lots of scams out there and bogus things trying to get your details," he said.
People wishing to download the Covid-19 tracker can do so from Apple and Google's app stores.
However, I will like to visit some reviews in this articles

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Reviews is a comment of people about a particular application whether is good or not. In this article some reviews will have to be visited and it will let see how this app has help lots of individuals or how the app has been a danger to many. Lets see
Mar 05, 2020
Great app to start with- easy to use. It would be good if there was a little more information on the process of how the dots are submitted and are confirmed

Mar 04, 2020
I like this app a lot and definitely the easiest way to track the virus. I’ve been glued to my phone since China quarantined 30 million people. Anyway i really wish they did away with it

Mar 03, 2020
Just started using the app. I follow international news everyday. As soon as I see a new cases or deaths in the news, I check the app, and it has the updated numbers. Good maps are also created in the app

Mar 02, 2020
I like this app a lot. It gives me data and a chat to talk to.
A couple of recommendations.
The information and the live numbers are not up to date all of the time.

Mar 05, 2020
I know there might be people who meet the criteria of the novel coronavirus but haven’t get tested out, so the self report is valuable.

However, viewing the comments above, we can see that the app needs a little upgrade has people are finding it unreliable. Some people love the app and its function but they are all begging for a little upgrade. People are not saying the app is not good at all but they can’t rely on it because of the little things that is still lacking in it. People are begging the people who build the app to upgrade it.

In conclusion, united kingdom develop the app to help people track the virus faster. People love the app so much that they want it to be upgraded. Its download has gone world wide


  1. Nice app for everyone to have in this distressful period. I think this is a great application we all need to stay safe in this trying period. Really a nice one to get useful update on covid19 pandemic report and information to prevent the spread further for all

  2. this is a nice app , i know this will be very useful