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What kind of data will you collect, and why?

Information about you, your symptoms, heart rate, and steps/activity levels will be collected. This data will be used to help detect and track the spread of COVID-19.


What is the duration of the study?

For up to 12 months you will receive a daily message to complete a short survey. If you connect a smartwatch (wearable), we will retrieve 12 months of data historically and 12 months moving forward.


What if I’ve already had COVID-19? Can I still participate?

Absolutely! Your smartphone and wearables data from that time period is still available and will be incredibly helpful to this study!


What is the expected time commitment?

The surveys should take you less than 1 minute per day to complete.


Will I be compensated for participating?

Unfortunately, you will not. However, your participation and data will help us learn how to combat the spread of COVID-19.


Will the study be available in other languages?

Yes! Coming soon in Spanish, French, German, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Hindi.


Will my data be protected?

Yes, your data will be stored on Duke-approved servers behind a firewall.


Who will see my data?

Only study investigators and the study coordinators will have access to the data files. All data will be stored with a study ID number, so that your name will not be associated with your data. All data will be securely stored.


Will my data still remain if I choose to withdraw from the study?

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You can choose not to participate at any point. If you agree to be in the study, you may withdraw at any time for any reason. Please delete the covIdentify app and notify the study staff if you wish to withdraw from the study. After withdrawal, covIdentify staff will no longer contact you or obtain further information in the future, but still has permission to use the information collected previously. You will be instructed to remove the app from your phone.


Your privacy is important to us.

It is our duty to respect your privacy preferences regarding any information we may collect during the course of this study. You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information. If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct study purposes, you may change your mind at any time by contacting us via The personal information we collect is stored and processed at Duke University, Durham City, North Carolina, Unites States.


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