A coronavirus tracking app suggested that the coronavairus was spreading across the UK in January, weeks before it was first detected.
COVID Symptom tracker, designed by scientists at King’s College London, asks its 2.6 million users to report their symptoms daily to show the spread of the coronavirus.
Professor of genetic epidemiology, Tim Spector, said that “hundreds” of contributors reported Covid-like symptoms shortly after the New Year, some even claiming they thought they had the disease in late December. .
Although the cases have not been tested, they suggest that the virus arrived long before the first case was identified on British soil on January 31, when two Chinese tourists to York tested positive for the virus. .
The app data also helped estimate that the UK epidemic peaked on April 1, with 2.1 million cases, before falling more than 80% during lockout to 354,690 today. hui.
NHS Scotland and NHS Wales approved the application, while NHS England failed to support it. Instead, they’ve developed their own symptom reporting app, which should be released in a few weeks.
The app estimated that there are now 354,690 cases of coronavirus in the UK, based on data from 2.6 million users, down more than 80% from April 1. .
Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London said that “hundreds” of users reported suffering from Covid-like symptoms in early January and a few in December.
Professor Spector said, reports the Sunday Times: “The reports I receive come from people who have been sick since early January and strongly suggest that they had Covid-19 but were not recognized as such. “
“What is impressive is the volume of reports. Hundreds of people use our app to tell us that they have developed something soon after the New Year. “
The official number of coronavirus cases in Britain did not exceed 100 before March 6 and did not reach 1,000 until March 14.
Users are asked to report their status to the application, developed by London-based company ZOE Global, every day.
They are asked first if they have been tested for Covid-19 and then if they feel unwell. Those who say they are not feeling well are asked to take their symptoms, including fever, cough, headache, shortness of breath, sore throat, odor, and hoarse voice.
The data collected, which includes geographic location, is then analyzed to produce an estimate of the number of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom.
He has identified four hotspots for the virus in Pendle and Hyndburn, Lancaster, Nuneaton, outside of Coventry, and Blaenau Gwent, in Wales, where he estimates that two to three percent of residents have the virus.
No hotspots have been identified in London, the epicenter of the UK epidemic.
The research is supported by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons and other medical organizations.
The app estimates that the number of people with coronavirus peaked on April 1 before dropping significantly during the lockout
COVID Symptom Tracker works by asking people on a questionnaire about their feelings and whether they have the typical symptoms of coronavirus.
How to use Covid-19 Symptom Tracker
Over 2.6 million people have signed up for the Covid-19 symptom tracker to report if they are not feeling well and what symptoms they are suffering from.
The app asks users to indicate if they have had a coronavirus test and if they are not feeling well on a daily basis.
The data is then used to map the spread of the coronavirus in the UK and how the epidemic changed during the lockout.
The more people who submit information, the more accurate the data.
The app has been approved by NHS Scotland, NHS Wales and a number of medical universities.
You can learn how to download the app here.
Research could mean that the first UK cases could include Daren Bland, 50, of Maresfield, East Sussex, who visited the Ischgl station in Austria from January 15-19.
He allegedly joined three friends for a vacation on the slopes before contracting Covid-19 and bringing it back to his wife and children.
The ski resort has been dubbed “breeding ground” for coronavirus in Germany after being connected to hundreds of cases identified in Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Austria and Germany.
British businessman Steve Walsh caught the virus between January 20 and 23 at a conference in Grand Hyatt, Singapore, before returning to the United Kingdom and unknowingly transmitting it to at least 11 other British.
Many others have also reported Covid-like symptoms, but their cases have never been confirmed due to limited testing capacity in the UK.
A University of Oxford study published last month said the virus spread in the UK for a month before being identified for the first time.
Scientists have modeled the cases of coronavirus to estimate that it was spreading in the UK by mid-January at the latest.
There were approximately 17 direct flights between Wuhan and the United Kingdom between the New Year and January 24 alone, along with many from and to Italy.
An Italian study estimated that the coronavirus was circulating in Lombardy more than a month before being officially identified on February 21 in Codogno.
The data suggests that patients like Daren Bland, 50, of East Sussex, should be among the earliest cases of coronavirus. He suffered from coronavirus-like symptoms after traveling from January 15 to 19. Steve Walsh caught the virus in Singapore from January 20 to 23.
The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK increased by 813 yesterday, the sixth highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic. The number of infections increased by 4,913
The UK government has continued to run to meet its goal of 100,000 coronavirus tests today, as it faces increasing calls to announce a plan to end the lockout.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to return to Downing Street on Monday after a two-week break at Checkers to recover from the virus.
He spent a week at Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London and three days in intensive care to fight the disease.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has rejected calls for faster easing of coronavirus blocking today, saying the government intends to act cautiously to avoid a second wave.
He declined to reveal details of how the UK would break out of the lockdown, despite the Welsh and Scottish ministers who published their strategies.
Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that Scotland may lift the lock at a different rate from the rest of the United Kingdom.
It has also been announced that the UK will start asking new arrivals to quarantine for 14 days, after leaving at least 15,000 people each week without checks.