This App helps You Keep Track of Your Health and Detect some of the Early Symptoms of COVID-19
- In Addition to General COVID related Symptoms, this App can Keep Track of your Lung Health by Detecting Changes in your Breathing Sounds – Potentially Identifying Complications Early.
- The App Does Not Diagnose COVID-19 But Helps You Decide When to Contact a Doctor.
- The App can Help Countries Manage Quarantine and Self-isolation Processes easily.
- It Can Also Help Businesses Keep Workplaces Safe Lowering the Risk of Disease Spread.
- Developed by Medical Doctors as Part of a Research and Development Initiative of the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) – A not for profit organization.
Personalized Health Alerts
As you undertake self-health checks, the app will generate alerts that will help you take the next step in fighting COVID-19.
Automated Breathing Assessment
By keeping track of your lung health using automated breathing analysis, it would be possible to identify complications due to COVID-19 early.
Health Status Tracking
The app creates easy to follow charts that will allow you to track your health status and determine how you have progressed including an assessment of COVID-19 threat.
COVID-19 Stats and Health Messages
Stats shown by the app will keep you updated on COVID-19 pandemic and educate you on how to deal with COVID-19 through health messages.
Importance of Monitoring Respiratory Health in COVID-19
Complications related to the lungs such as acute respiratory failure, pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome contribute to a large number of deaths from COVID-19. Shortness of breath at rest is a common manifestation among patients who may develop COVID-19 related complications and may require care in hospitals. In some instances, lung related manifestations may take place early although one may not explicitly be able to recognize these. SelfShield App is able to identify deterioration in lung health using the breathing sounds and results of few simple tests performed by the user. This facilitates early identification of COVID related complications. This will not only help patients but would also reduce the inadvertent spread of COVID-19 in the community.
SelfShield App Allows Users the Opportunity to Actively Combat COVID-19
By utilizing SelfShield App and enrolling into national, regional or organizational SelfShield programmes, the users will not only gain medical and other care services promptly, they would also be contributing to the fight against COVID-19. The data shared will contribute to form a ‘Shield’ that will allow public health services and other agencies to identify potential disease clusters and exposure risks early. The data will also contribute to advance analytics and research enabling a more efficient response. With each health check-up, the SelfShield system would become more stronger in the fight against COVID-19, which would also mean early exit from the lockdown in a safe manner.
Effective Self-Isolation/Quarantine Monitoring Using SelfShield App
Self-isolation and quarantine are two of the key methods in preventing COVID-19 spread. Health authorities worldwide grapple with the issue of coordinating and managing such processes while providing the optimum support for the persons in self-isolation and quarantine. When a user enrols into a SelfShield programme available in a particular location, the SelfShield App provides the link between persons in self-isolation and quarantine and the agencies providing services. The app will achieve a balance between the necessity to keep track and providing timely health and other supportive services utilizing only minimum resources.
SelfShield App as Part of Exit Strategy and Re-Starting Businesses
One of the key issues faced by many organizations during the pandemic is how to re-start their businesses taking adequate precautions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19 among its staff and customers. The SelfShield app may be adopted by organizations to identify staff members who may be at risk of COVID-19 early and minimize exposure of other members of the staff as well as the customers. Early identification of symptoms would also enable the organization to provide staff members the necessary support without a delay. Staff members on the other hand would be able to use the health-check feature to keep track of their health and disclose exposure risk early. The App also integrates a rewarding mechanism in the form of a gold badge that would allow organizations to use it as a means of screening staff members at entry in addition to using other methods such as temperature checks.
Research and Development Team
The CWCDH team working on the SelfShield App consists of a core group of experts representing the fields of medicine, informatics, computer science and management. The team works on the project voluntarily with the aim of giving a digital tool that can support efforts towards fighting the pandemic. With the successful deployment of the SelfShield App, the team is now focused on expanding its capabilities to support patients suffering from various conditions and for care providers who are unable to reach those who are most in need without a delay.
Please note that the SelfShield app will soon be available in both Google Play and App Store.
The link below could be used to download the Android version of the app.
Frequently Asked Questions
Following are some of the frequently asked questions about the SelfShield App. If you are not able to find answers to your questions in the FAQ, please do not hesitate to send us your query and we will be happy to respond.
SelfShield is a research and development initiative with a well-defined plan. We welcome constructive feedback that can help us develop the platform further and make it available for a larger proportion of the population. Please use the following form to send us your feedback or any questions that you may have about SelfShield App, its implementation and support.