DISCLOSURE: CoughWatchSA has been developed for use in South Africa only. This app does not involve the use of Bluetooth, geolocation nor other functionality running in background while you are not using the app actively. It is based SOLELY on the information you provide periodically through questionnaires.

CoughWatchSA is an app for monitoring user-reported symptoms for acute respiratory tract infection (ARI) potentially associated with COVID-19 and other respiratory pathogens. This type of platform has been implemented successfully in Europe, Australia, USA and Mexico for syndromic surveillance and allows for early detection of increases and variations over time (including peak timing) of ARI incidence as reported by users. This platform also allows for assessment and understanding of health-seeking behaviour for ARI, which is often limited in current surveillance platforms. 

This is not an alternative to traditional disease surveillance, but a complementary tool that supports active facility-based disease surveillance platforms by expanding the outreach to the community, including non-medically attended illness and providing an understanding of health-seeking.

What’s New

Version 1.1.1

Enhanced info about use of data, privacy of data and terms of use

App Privacy

The developer, National Institute For Communicable Diseases, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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