Thousands of women worldwide use fertility apps to figure out when they are fertile. Could these apps also help to control the spread of COVID-19?

Natural Cycles is a popular app that uses information such as period dates and temperature readings. While there are many types of fertility app available, the more effective apps use a variety of data, including basal temperature.

In response to a spike in users adding temperature data, Natural Cycles added a feature that enables users to detect COVID-19 symptoms, share information with healthcare providers and even track a positive or negative test. As well as being of benefit to the user, this information can also be used anonymously to track the spread and behaviour of the virus.

Natural Cycles co-founder and CEO Elina Berglund said:

“The last few weeks we have been seeing changes in how our users use the app as the situation in the world is rapidly changing due to the new coronavirus. We asked ourselves how we can better help our users, as well as the medical community, and immediately dedicated internal resources to release our COVID-19 symptom trackers functionality to users everywhere on an expedited timeline.”

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you have any of these symptoms, get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.

 

 

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