People living with diabetes can play a vital role in the fight against Covid-19 by using an app to log their daily symptoms, to help scientists learn more about how the virus affects people with the condition.
The COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app has been developed by scientists at King’s College London and health science company ZOE. It has already seen more than 2.5 million people logging on to report on their health, making it the largest public science project of its kind anywhere in the world.
Some people are more at risk of developing serious symptoms and complications from Covid-19. This appears to include people with diabetes, but there’s much we don’t yet understand about how Covid-19 develops in different groups of people. By reaching more people living with long-term health conditions and tracking their health throughout the pandemic, the researchers behind the app hope to shed light on factors that put people at greater risk from Covid-19.
Together with other health charities, we’re urging people with diabetes to help build a clearer picture of how Covid-19 affects us all. Anyone can join the study by downloading the simple, free COVID Symptom Tracker app and answering a few questions about your health and medications. You then spend a minute checking in every day, reporting whether you’re feeling physically healthy or experiencing any new symptoms. Family, friends or carers can also log daily updates for anyone who wants to take part but doesn’t have access to a smartphone.
Dr Lucy Chambers is our Head of Research Communications. She said:
If you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or your symptoms don’t get better after 7 days, then please urgently seek medical help by using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service (or calling NHS 111 if you don’t have internet access) - or dialling 999 for emergencies.
Study leader Dr Claire Steves, at King's College London, said: