Coronavirus UK: application launched to see if the virus can be detected in cough

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Researchers have created an app to see if the coronavirus can be detected in your cough

Research is underway to see if coronavirus can be detected by the sound of a person’s cough or even by their voice.

The University of Cambridge has launched a sound app to collect recordings from as many people as possible.

It asks users to submit voice notes of them breathing and exhaling, coughing and reading the phrase “I hope my data can help manage the pandemic virus.”

Users are asked if they’ve tested positive for coronavirus in the past 14 days and if they’re still in the hospital, although researchers said there was no way to confirm that everything what a user enters is confirmed.

People are asked to submit records of their coughs to the app (Image: Getty)

The app will also ask users for their age, biological gender, symptoms of the coronavirus, if they are smoking, other health conditions, and their approximate location.

The data, which will be stored on university servers, will be used to help develop machine learning algorithms that could be used for automatic detection of Covid-19.

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Cambridge’s head of computer and technology, Professor Cecilia Mascolo, said in time, “A cough or even a voice could be used for early diagnosis.”

She said that “both can have quite specific changes in this disease” but there is still “so much that we do not know about this virus and the disease it causes”.

Research is underway to see if the coronavirus can be diagnosed with a cough, while the death toll stands at 5,373

She said, “In a pandemic like the one we are in right now, the more reliable information you have, the better. “

Professor Mascolo said that the records of people without a diagnosis of coronavirus would act as the “control” in the dataset.

The app, which will not provide medical advice, will not follow users, the university said.

There are still many unknown things about the coronavirus (Image: PA)

Once the team has completed its initial analysis of the data collected by the application, it will share what it has found with other researchers.

They say the dataset could help shed light on the progression of the disease and the relationship between the respiratory complication and medical history.

“After talking to doctors, one of the most common things they have noticed in patients with the virus is the way they hold their breath when they speak, as well as a dry cough and intervals between their breathing patterns, “said Prof. Said Mascolo.

“There are very few large datasets on respiratory sounds. To create better algorithms that can be used for early detection, we need as many samples from as many participants as possible.

“Even if we don’t get a lot of positive coronavirus cases, we could find links to other health issues. “

To submit audio recordings, see www.covid-19-sounds.org.

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