Coronavirus Support App UK launched for Apple and Android devices
A new free-to-download app to help people in the UK navigate the coronavirus pandemic has been launched for Apple and Android devices. The Coronavirus Support App (UK) has been created by Expert Self Care, alongside an interdisciplinary team of volunteers and nine partner organisations.
The not-for-profit Coronavirus Support App is aimed at people in the UK aged 16 and over who would like to learn more about coronavirus and COVID-19. Accurate information can help people to protect themselves, the people close to them and the wider public, and reduce avoidable pressure on the NHS.
The app aims to help by giving users easy and quick access to evidence based information about coronavirus and COVID-19 all in one place, even when offline. It also signposts to reliable, trusted sources of information.
The Coronavirus Support App (UK) is a FREE one-stop guide to help people cope during the coronavirus crisis.
Access trusted health information and useful links to support in seconds - from help for mental health problems to practical guidance on a wide range of issues:
- avoid misinformation - open the app and discover reassuring advice from over 40 UK health professionals, topic experts and experts by experience (access a list of team members here - PDF 57KB)
- learn to self-care - get answers to common mental and physical health questions and find out how to tackle everyday challenges
- know where to get help - find links to helplines, charities, NHS advice and official sources of information instantly - all in one place, even when offline
It answers key questions like:
- who is at risk
- what the symptoms are and
- how to stay healthy during lockdown and beyond.
It also offers advice for a range of situations, including for anyone feeling anxious, at risk of domestic violence and abuse, or in need of medical treatment.
The app can also be customised for local areas to provide links to local support.
Project Lead Dr Knut Schroeder, a practising GP, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in General Practice at the University of Bristol and Founder of Expert Self Care, said: "In the current coronavirus crisis, reliable information is more important than ever. We designed this app to bring together all the best sources of information to support people during the pandemic and beyond. False information leads to rumours and myths that can hamper public health efforts, which may result in preventable disease and deaths.
"We haven't received any external funding for this app and it's available to download for free, so we are grateful to the team of volunteers who have made this app possible. They have been amazing during a very difficult time for everyone."
Expert Self Care created this app with the following development partners:
- Bristol Health Partners
- National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West)
- Patient Information Forum
- Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) at Imperial College London
- Self Care Forum
- Self Injury Support
- Student Minds
- Universities UK
The Irish Student Health Association (ISHA) would like to commend Dr Knut Schroeder, Expert Self Care, the wider interdisciplinary team and partner organisations on the production of this excellent app. We are particularly delighted that two of our own members were involved in the team and production of the app. Theresa Lowry Lehnen, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Associate Lecturer at Institute of Technology Carlow was directly involved as a co-author and co-editor with Dr Knut Schroeder and the content development and editing team and Laura Tully, Institute Nurse and Health Centre Coordinator at AIT was a member of the wider team of reviewers and contributors on an expert advisory panel.
The Coronavirus Support App UK is free to download and available at:
For more information visit:
About Expert Self Care
Expert Self Care is an award-winning Bristol-based health information app provider certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a provider of reliable health information. The app's content has been created by a team of volunteers made up of UK health professionals, topic experts and members of the public. Expert Self Care has a track record of creating free evidence-based apps that people can rely on, having developed apps on student health and self-harm in the past. In 2019, Expert Self Care won the British Medical Association 'Patient Information Award' for wellbeing.