COVID19 Sounds 17+

Cough for science‪!‬

University of Cambridge Information Services

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    • 4.1 • 7 Ratings
    • Free

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Volunteer your voice, cough for science!

The aim of this research is to collect data to inform the diagnosis of COVID-19 by developing machine learning algorithms, based primarily on sounds of their voice, their breathing and coughing.

In order to enable this research we are launching a large scale, crowdsourced data collection from healthy and non-healthy participants through an application. The app will collect some basic demographics and medical history data, as well as some voice samples (while you read text on the screen) through a questionnaire and a few seconds of breathing and coughing through the phone microphone. We will additionally collect one location sample. The app will also ask if you have tested positive for the virus.

The app won't be tracking you and only collect this data when you actively interact with it. The data will be stored on University servers and be used solely for research purposes. We hope to release the dataset we are collecting to other researchers after the initial analysis and pre-processing. The app will not give medical advice and any reports of symptoms will not be responded to by medical assistance.

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

Time for a new version, with the new lockdown :)

- Time remaining is shown for each recording.
- In case of failure, same data is reused 3 times before starting over.
- Notifications moved as an opt-in button at the end of the survey, rather than be in the first view.
- Handle failure edge cases gracefully, which unfortunately required a lot of testing.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

beatmaker89 ,

Great idea

This could have big implications if it works! Submitting my cough / breathing recording was easy enough, but don’t expect a positive / negative result straight away - it’s early days!

Thahleel ,

Great Use of Tech

Excellent initiative lead by the University of Cambridge to identify alternative ways of monitoring the pandemic

UK Rob77 ,


Went through the whole process of breathing in and out, coughing and repeating the phrase as directed, nearly passed out coughing doing so, then it just switched off. Twice. Too tired to try again, from coughing.

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