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How does BBC Pandemic work?

Participation in the study will be entirely anonymous.

If you want to get involved, you can download the Pandemic app via App Store or Google Play - this will be available from 27th September 2017.

If you don’t have a smartphone you can still take part in an online questionnaire, which will be available from Wednesday 27th September 2017.

The app will ask a series of questions and will require your permission to use GPS data to map your movement to the nearest kilometre-squared over a 24 hour period. It will then ask a short set of questions about your journeys and social interactions during the day.

The data will be made anonymous and used by mathematical modellers and public health researchers to map the spread of an imagined influenza pandemic as it infects the UK population. The results will be used by our research team, from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to help inform decision-makers in their plans for a real pandemic.

Using mobile technology to collect information on human movements and social mixing patterns has never been done before. If 10,000 people take part in the experiment, it will create a new gold standard dataset that will be used for disease modelling and outbreak control, with potentially life saving results.

This app requires parental consent for 16 and unders, and is not designed for use by under 13s.