Frequently asked questions
What is covidaware.me and who created it?
Covidaware.me was by a team of scientists and software engineers from the Monarch Initiative and Pryzm Health Pty Ltd, with over 10 years experience in the epidemiology, clinical data standardisation and knowledge curation. The platform enables individuals to gain a better understanding of their symptoms in the context of the COVID-19 scientific data made available by WHO and various CDCs. In addition, it serves as a means to study the general symptomatology of COVID-19 and track its spread.
What is the aim of covidaware.me?
The platform aims to help individuals and scientists understand COVID-19, with a focus on:
- Better understanding symptoms of COVID-19 – in a longitudinal manner
- Understanding how fast the virus is spreading in various area
- Identifying high risk areas
- Identifying who is most at risk by better understanding symptoms linked to health conditions
This platform is not intended to be a diagnostic tool. For official advice about COVID-19 please follow the guidelines issued by the relevant authorities in your country.
Who will be using my data?
Your data can only be used for the purpose that you explicitly consent to (via the Data Contribution question in the initial survey):
- For you, alone, to understand your health profile
- For you and the other users of covidaware.me to understand the symptomatology of COVID-19 via anonymised aggregated statistics, or
- For scientists to understand the symptomatology of COVID-19 via anonymised aggregated statistics.
No individual data points are made available within or outside the platform. The data is and will not be used for commercial purposes.
If you change your mind with regards to the Data Contribution option you’ve selected, please send us an email to contact (at) covidaware.me and we will change it accordingly.
How is my data protected?
Our team has more than 10 years of experience in developing hospital-grade software and data management systems that leverage modern, secure web frameworks. We take data security very seriously and enforce best practices to ensure your data is protected. Data breach risks still exist, but we have taken every precaution to minimise them. Your information is fully encrypted, both in transit and at rest using industry-standard SSL certificates and data encryption mechanisms (e.g., AES 256).
Will someone make money off my data?
How can I delete my data?
We are currently working on an option that allows users to delete their profiles directly from the platform. This functionality will be available in the next release. In the meantime, please send us an email at contact (at) covidaware.me and we will delete the profile for you.