Looking for a way to help advance coronavirus disease (COVID-19) research from the comfort of your home? The American Lung Association, in partnership with Northwestern Medicine and University of California-San Francisco, has joined the COVID-19 Citizen Science smartphone-based effort. It enables anyone 18 years of age or over to become a citizen scientist and lead to a better understanding of the disease. All without leaving your couch!
How You Can Take Action While Social Distancing
- On your smartphone, click on this link to download the free and secure Eureka app, a health research platform that houses the COVID-19 Citizen Science survey.
- Enter basic information about yourself.
- The app will automatically prompt you to return each day to answer a few simple questions about any COVID-19 exposures and symptoms you might have experienced. (Estimated commitment is 5-15 minutes per week.)
The COVID-19 Citizen Science study has the potential to be the largest-ever prospective epidemiological study of infectious disease. By collecting daily data from individuals around the world (with a goal of reaching 1 million users), researchers hope to gain insight into how the novel coronavirus spreads to help reduce future infections. As one of the study’s co-founders explained, “Social distancing keeps many protected, but joining together to contribute data will help us beat this thing.”
Page last updated: May 7, 2020