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An appeal from Anvil's Chief Medical Officer for UK residents

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Please help slow the spread of COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well.

During this exceptional time, whilst I maintain my role at Anvil as Chief Medical Officer, I am also retained by the NHS to provide frontline clinical care at University Hospital Southampton. As widespread testing for COVID-19 has not yet been introduced in the UK, my research colleagues in public health, the NHS and other research and scientific institutions need other ways to map the disease and better understand its risk factors. In particular, they want to learn:

  • The location of high-risk areas within the UK;
  • Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions;
  • How fast the virus is spreading in your area.

To this end, doctors and scientists at King's College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals have quickly designed and launched a COVID symptom tracker app, which I encourage you to download and share with everyone you know, so more data can be collected to understand the true extent of disease transmission.

All personal data is securely protected and will be used only with public health or other research institutions (i.e. universities, scientific organizations etc) doing research on COVID-19. These include King’s College London, Guys & St Thomas' Hospitals and the NHS. No information you share will be used for commercial purposes. You can read more, as well as find a list of the institutions they are working with, in their privacy policy.

Thank you for supporting your local and wider community with this initiative.

Warm regards,

Dr Juliane Kause BSc MBBS FRCP AKC - Chief Medical Officer

Jules 2018