Covid tracker app – now showing estimated % population with symptomatic covid     

This post gives a link to the Covid-19 tracker app mentioned earlier.. It shows that there are 3,636 individuals in East Devon sufficiently community spirited and motivated to be providing daily data on any symptoms they might be exhibiting.

Around the UK there are 2m contributors.

As a result, and in the absence of any general NHS or Public Health data on who might be self isolating as well as seriously ill, the current estimate for East Devon infection rate is:

East Devon


This is around 4,100 individuals for East Devon, compared to official estimates of confirmed cases in Devon Local Authority of around 290 (Thursday)

The authorities simply aren’t in control.

2 thoughts on “Covid tracker app – now showing estimated % population with symptomatic covid     

  1. As in the case in Malaysia, the Health Ministry (through the National Cyber Security Agency) pushed a single app called MySejahtera that has several objectives – one which is used as a tracker (the other functions includes hotspot map, check-in option, self-assessment for COVID-19, daily statistics, etc).

    There were several problems with the app:-

    1. It was a poorly designed app at the start, turning off potential users (issues have now been fixed and it is a reasonably good app now). The development team was quite fast to track & fix issues.
    2. Not many people willing to download and use them especially the tracker needs Bluetooth to be switched on. If not mistaken, more than 500K have downloaded the app but considering the current population, it is a drop in the sea.
    3. Individual states and other government agencies came up with their own tracker apps which competes with this one app (but the push has been to this one centralised app by the MOH).

    The MOH put a lot of effort and time on getting this app to widely used so that it will be easier to contain any new virus clusters. On the daily updates (live on TV, FB, IM, SMS, etc) the citizens are urged to assist the Government in the fight against this pandemic by downloading and using the MySejahtera app. What is needed is a single well-designed app (that has more than 1 functions), easy to use and push for everyone to use it.

    The same goes for any COVID-19 tracker app out there.


    • The particular tracker app referred to here is designed to track symptoms not infections. The results are used with statistics to estimate, initially, the distribution and rate of change of symptoms. Now it has been combined with targeted swab testing to statistically estimate overall infection rates. It is not, as Owl understands it, a part of a “test track and trace” system of the sort you describe.

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