BBC Pandemic gives you the opportunity to be part of a unique experiment that could save lives.

With this app you can join in a ground-breaking nationwide citizen science experiment that will predict the spread of a deadly flu outbreak across the United Kingdom. But don’t worry, this will be a life-saving simulated pandemic.

If you take part in the ‘National Outbreak’, the app will track your approximate movement at regular intervals over a single 24 hour period – it will never know exactly where, or who you are. It will also ask a few questions to help researchers from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine work out how a real flu pandemic might spread across the UK – and what could be done to stop it.

If you live, work or study in Haslemere, Surrey, there’s a ‘Haslemere Outbreak’ option built especially for your area. Make sure you have selected this option before midnight on Thursday 12th October 2017. Then, for three days – and those three days only – the app will collect GPS data of your movements. All data will be made anonymous to protect your identity and our research team will use it to project how a flu outbreak might spread across the town.
At the end of the experiment you’ll find out if, when and where you would have been infected.

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and all data will be secured and grouped to ensure your anonymity. You can opt out at any time.

This app requires parental consent for 16 and unders, and is not designed for use by under 13s

For more information about data protection measures, read our FAQ’s: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4F6LTsDlV1XJJ31VHFglQD0/faq

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Category: Medical
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