The platform is aimed at:
Covid Guard is designed to securely and anonymously collect, on a single platform, crucial information to fight the spread of the virus at a local, national and global scale.
We constantly strive to improve the reliability and accuracy of the data collected (crucial for their analysis) while protecting the privacy of our users (since the information is completely anonymous).
Yes, however, it is not currently available on the stores.
To download it, access your account from your smartphone and click on the "Download app" button that you will find at the top of the page. Then follow the instructions shown, and you will have the application on your device.
We may contact you to update you on the new features that we will implement on the platform. (You can unsubscribe at any time)
If you have encountered a problem and cannot find the solution between these questions, you can contact us at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org or on the platform by clicking on the "Contact us" link in the drop-down menu.
An account is created when you register on the platform, and corresponds to the email address used to access the platform. The profiles correspond to the people who will carry out the test.
Each account can therefore be associated with one or more profiles, for example yours and that of your family or acquaintances, thus allowing you to have an account linked to more than one person.
Yes, by creating new profiles you can also take tests for other people. This allows you to fill in the questionnaires for your loved ones and for those who would not be able to take the test independently (e.g. small children or elderly people).
Note: Make sure you have their consent to enter information about their health.
The data collected by each user is divided into:
This means that the data you provide will not make it possible to directly associate your profile on the platform with your real identity.
When creating a new profile you will be asked to enter the location of your domicile or the place where you are spending most of your time.
By clicking on the "Find my position" button, you will activate the geolocation function which will identify the position where you are at the moment.
Note: we always recommend using geolocation to record your location. When this is not possible (e.g. in the event of an incorrect or inaccurate position detected, or in the event that you need to register the profile of a person living elsewhere) it will still be possible to enter the position manually.
The position you provide us is used to obtain a precise, reliable and anonymous mapping of all the cases registered on the platform. It is therefore imperative that the location information is as accurate as possible.
The mapping is anonymous because the position provided is used exclusively for statistical analysis and is never directly associated with your identity.
No, we will never track your movements. The position is requested only once during the profile creation phase and will no longer be requested later.
Yes, if you change your home address you can change your position in the "Edit profile" section by clicking on "Your position".
The accuracy of geolocation depends on many variables, including the device and browser used, or the settings of the device.
To correctly record your location, we recommend using a mobile device (or a browser other than Google Chrome on desktop).
If for some reason you are unable to enter your precise location via geolocation, after clicking on "Find my position" it will appear a text below. By clicking on that text, you'll be able to manually enter your position.
Yes, as long as you have the consent of the person, as well as the information required to create the new profile.
The daily questionnaire is mainly made of a series of questions about your health conditions, as well as some general information related to your daily activity (e.g. if you have left the house or taken public transports).
Ideally yes. In fact, it is essential to record your health conditions periodically, even by those who are feeling good. This way, the collected data will be more reliable and their analysis will be more effective.
If you are symptomatic, try to record your symptoms every day.
If you're okay and don't have any symptoms, still try to record your health condition every 3-4 days.
If you don't record your symptoms, we will assume that they haven't changed since the last test. However, if a too long period of time has passed since the most recent test, their relevance will decrease with respect to statistical purposes.
(We recommend setting up a daily evening alert to remind you to take the test)
You can only edit a daily check-up if you did it today. You will not be able to edit older tests.
However, if you have recorded the symptoms of a past period with the appropriate function on the main screen of your profile, you can edit it by accessing the test you want to edit in the "Test history" section and clicking on the "Edit test" button below.
No, only the swab test and serological tests are able to provide information on positivity or immunity to the virus.
The tests will allow to obtain an overview of the whole territory and to estimate, through data analysis, the real number and distribution of the outbreak throughout the territory.
We have an apposite section where you can register the result of your test. To access it, click on the "Register result" button located on your main profile page.
Daily check-ups correspond to anonymous information on the health conditions of the users, associated with their position.
Once enough tests are carried out on the platform, it is possible to precisely map the cases on the territory and elaborate them through data analysis algorithms, achieving important results that can help containing the spread of the virus.
For example, it will be possible to estimate the real number of infections, their density and distribution in the territory, define epidemiological models for the spread of the virus, as well as identify areas and individuals at risk.
It means that the conclusions from the collected data do not derive from the information of the tests taken individually, but rather processed in aggregate form.
This approach is especially useful in the current situation, where there are many cases and the ascertained ones constitutee a fraction of the real ones.
We process information on general health conditions, symptoms recorded in daily check-ups, and the position specified during the creation of the profile are used. Personal identification data are never shared for data analysis.
This allows to obtain a highly precise and anonymous mapping of all users who have registered their symptoms on the platform, and to reach extremely important conclusions for public safety.