Since the launch of the COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS) study in March 2020, new and important findings have been discovered from data collected in over 83,000 participants worldwide. One analysis showed that certain behaviors can be associated with the prevalence of the infection that causes COVID-19 including being a healthcare worker, living with at least one school-aged child, having a pet at home, and having immunodeficiency. Another study revealed which indicators can predict viral symptoms of COVID-19 which included having high blood pressure, smoking cigarettes, and having anemia. Additionally, another paper highlighted how COVID-19 testing was underused in those who had developed a fever or chills and had a high temperature. This low testing rate could potentially contribute to transmission of the virus. Finally, one publication dove into the very nature of CCS as a longitudinal digital health cohort study offering insight into the future of clinical research.
As the pandemic persists, researchers still have much knowledge to learn especially as new variants arise and booster vaccines become available to the general public. Data from CCS will contribute to these key future findings which will have an impact for all.