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About BBC Pandemic

The BBC Pandemic App could be key in preparing for the next pandemic outbreak. In order to better understand how an infectious disease like flu can spread, researchers need data about how we travel and interact.

You can help them, without even trying.

The BBC Four Pandemic ran since September 27th 2017 and is the biggest citizen science experiment of its kind.

Please note, the BBC Pandemic Experiment ended in December 2018, it is no longer possible to take part. Thank you to everyone who took part.

The data collected between September and November 2017 was used to simulate the spread of a highly infections flu across the UK and predict how many of us might die – the results are revealed in Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic. The data collected between December 2017 and December 2018 will contribute to this new gold-standard data set for use future simulations and in wider Pandemic research.

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and all data will be grouped to ensure your anonymity.

You can opt out at any time.

For more information about data protection measures, read our FAQ's.

Why should I take part?

There are flu outbreaks every year but in the last 100 years, there have been four pandemics of a particularly deadly flu, including the Spanish Influenza outbreak which hit in 1918, killing up to 100 million people worldwide. Nearly a century later, a catastrophic flu pandemic still tops the UK Government’s Risk Register of threats to this country. Key to the Government’s response plan are mathematical models which simulate how a highly contagious disease may spread. These models help to decide how best to direct NHS resources, like vaccines and protective clothing. But the models are only as good as the data that goes into them.

The more people of all ages that take part in BBC Pandemic, the better that data will be so the app will be available until the end of Dec 2018.

By identifying the human networks and behaviours that spread a deadly flu, BBC Pandemic will help to make these models more accurate and, in turn, help to stem the next pandemic.

This project has been commissioned by the BBC, and is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Want to know more?

Find out more about the experiment and how the app works.

Or contact with “BBC Pandemic” in the subject line to be kept updated with information about the project, including key dates and ways to get involved.

Important: Your contact details will be retained by 360 Production, an independent production company that is producing BBC Pandemic for the BBC, so that they may contact you with updates relating to the Pandemic app and subsequent documentary. Your details will not be retained after the app has ended circulation or passed on to a third party at any time. Due to the volume of requests received, 360 Production may be unable to reply individually to every person who contacts them.