November 6, 2020
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Here are Thrive’s top three reasons why daily symptom tracking on the Canada COVID-19 App should be a regular part of your efforts to stay healthy and support Public Health.
Data collected in the Symptom Tracker provides Public Health with a real-time indicator of how symptoms are evolving in different regions. Because this data appears in real-time, researchers are able to identify where new COVID-19 clusters could potentially emerge. By monitoring increases in COVID-19-like symptoms, local health authorities can target their resources depending on where an outbreak might happen, or which demographic it might happen to.
When users complete a check-in on the Symptom Tracker, they are given recommended next steps - ie. self-isolation, continued monitoring, getting a COVID-19 test - based on the symptoms they report. The Canada COVID-19 App was designed as a central resource for Canadians to access consistently updated information around their province or territory’s pandemic response, and recommendations from symptom tracking are a key way in which that information is administered. Because the Canada COVID-19 app is developed in partnership with Health Canada, all information available to users comes from the most trusted government resources and includes the latest epidemiological findings.
When users first open the Canada COVID-19 App, they have the option to share some additional demographic information alongside which province or territory they live in - such as age, sex at birth, and comorbidities. Users do not have to share demographic data in order to use the symptom tracker, however, this additional information gives Public Health researchers further insight into the rate at which certain populations are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms - an important consideration when developing a vaccine and prioritizing who should receive it earliest.
Even if you feel healthy, tracking your symptoms daily on the Canada COVID-19 App keeps Public Health informed on the likelihood of COVID-19 outbreaks in your community, as well as how symptoms are evolving. All information shared is strictly voluntary, and all app user data is anonymized by default.
Canada COVID-19 App was launched in March 2020 by Thrive Health and Health Canada. To date, Thrive Health’s COVID-19 platform has provided over 10 million COVID-19 risk assessments across the country.
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