The ZOE COVID Symptom Study app is the world’s largest ongoing study of COVID-19 with over 4 million contributors globally. Over the course of the pandemic ZOE figures have reported consistently higher than official confirmed daily cases due to the collection of results from various sources including self-reported lateral flow test, which are otherwise under-reported. On the 28th October Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE study app commented; “The ZOE data shows the UK could hit 100,000 new cases sooner than expected and with no sign of a Plan B or Plan C. With the confirmation of our estimates from the ONS’s fortnightly survey, it’s clear the government figures are a big under-estimate, and with the highest rates in Western Europe, there’s no room for complacency. With the UK government delaying any decision while hospitals fill up, it's time to take matters into our own hands to address the worsening situation.”
In this episode of the Covid-19 series we welcome Professor Tim Spector to discuss the growing case numbers, the re-introduction of restrictions and the challenges of detecting and recording symptoms of covid in a winter season of cold and flu.
Professor Tim Spector will be interviewed by Professor Maggie Rae, current President of the UK Faculty for Public Health and newly appointed president of the RSM’s epidemiology and public health section.
For more information about the Zoe Covid symptom study ahead of the webinar please refer to: About this Research (joinzoe.com)
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