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Infection Watch FAQ

What kind of data will you collect, and why?

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

What is the duration of the study?

  • The study will take less than 10 minutes as it is simply a one-time survey and may include data donation

What is the expected time commitment?

  • The enrollment surveys for both types will take roughly 10 minutes. For individuals who have not had COVID-19, the daily surveys should take about 1 minute per day to complete.

Will I be compensated for participating?

  • You will be compensated if you choose to donate your Fitbit, Garmin, or Apple Watch device data.

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. After withdrawal, the 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.

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