What happened to the ZOE COVID study?
For the past 18 months, the ZOE COVID study has been funded by the UK government through the UKHSA as one of its key COVID surveillance studies. However, from April 2022, the study will no longer receive this funding.
We are all very disappointed with this news, but we have been blown away by the large number of responses we have received from our contributors offering their support and kind words.
With over 4.7 million users, together we’ve saved lives, made critical scientific discoveries, and proven that community scientists at home can achieve more than anyone ever thought possible. More than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and multiple policy changes based on your daily reports demonstrate this.
Who will fund the ZOE COVID study now?
You may recall that the study was created by ZOE at the start of the COVID crisis and was self-funded for the first six months of its existence. After that, the UK government recognized the power of the study and funded us for 18 months.
We founded ZOE to take years of gut health research and turn it into a personalized nutritional test and program that could improve the health of millions of people.
However, now that the decision has been made to no longer grant funding, the three co-founders of ZOE: Jonathan, George and Tim, have agreed to continue the study in the near future until a longer option is available. term is secure.
The study will continue. It must. It’s not just about COVID anymore.
We want to be bold. We believe that what we have built together can change health care permanently. Not just fighting COVID and the pandemics of the future, but fighting the diseases we’ve accepted as inevitable: cancer, heart disease, dementia and dozens more.
What will change in the application?
We are constantly working on updates to get the most out of the app and we are actively transforming it with new features that will also help us study other major diseases and make reporting easier than never. We still have important work to do and we are not going to stop now!
We will continue to track COVID, its long-term impacts, and monitor population health for new variants and viruses that threaten our freedoms. The ZOE COVID study remains the best early warning system we can use to stop the next pandemic before it starts.
We will keep our data publicly available as we have for almost two years because it is the right thing to do.
We’re going to put our heads down and focus on continuing to use this pioneering technology with our amazing community of couch scientists to be used as a transformative healthcare tool of the future!
What can I do to support ZOE?
It’s simple. Record your health every day.
Do this once a day over morning coffee or afternoon tea. Do this while reading the newspaper or after returning from school. Configure your notifications on your phone to receive a ping once a day to remind you to log in. Do this when you feel well and when you have new symptoms, vaccines or test results to report.
This information builds a picture of national and personal health.
As always, we’ll be reporting back and bringing you many fun and exciting new surveys for you to take part in over the coming months so you can learn more about your own health as well as that of the nation.
Not happy with the government’s decision? Well neither do we, but we want to capitalize on this disappointment and show the world what we can do together by continuing to pioneer new technologies for the benefit of the nation’s health and keeping the ZOE COVID study so strong. than ever !
Here are some of the frequently asked questions we’ve received since the funding announcement:
What does the lack of government funding mean for the future of the COVID study?
Nothing has changed, apart from funding from the UK government. We will continue to track both symptoms and the spread of the COVID pandemic, as well as investigate other chronic health conditions using the same technology in the app.
Why has the government decided not to continue funding the study?
The government has cut overall COVID funding drastically, so the Treasury has had to make cuts. Unfortunately, the ZOE COVID study was one of those cost reductions, but we don’t have further details on why the decision was made. However, our doors remain firmly open to the government should they wish to reconsider or collaborate in the future, and we will continue the ZOE COVID and Health study with the support of the entire ZOE business.
What other monitoring studies are government funded?
The ZOE COVID study, alongside REACT and the CoMix social contact survey, has seen the end of its government funding. The ONS COVID infection survey is continuing as well as the SIREN and Vivaldi studies, although exact funding arrangements are being finalized.
What can I do to help/show my support?
The best way to support the study is to keep logging in as often as you can. This information, even when you are well, paints a picture of national and personal health that will help us track COVID and learn about other health issues. Please also share the app with your friends and family.
Who can I complain to about the government’s decision to stop funding?
If you would like to share your feedback on the decision to stop continued funding for the ZOE COVID study, you can email UKHSA at email@example.com
Please be respectful and constructive as we are very grateful for our funding over the past 18 months.
Can I donate money to run the app?
ZOE, our parent company, is committed to supporting the study while we develop the best course of action for long-term funding. At this time we are unable to accept donations, but we will keep you posted on any new announcements.
What will happen to my data? (personal data and research data)
Nothing changes in the way we manage the confidentiality of your data. As part of our efforts to combat COVID, to ensure that your information is used to best advantage, we may share it with health researchers, for example, hospitals, the NHS, universities, charities in health, etc When we share your information with one of these institutions, we will always take steps to prevent you from being individually identified. For more information on how we collect and use your personal data, please see this page.
If you still have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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