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Abu plays crucial role in fight against Covid-19

Abu Buwe (2019) has helped develop a revolutionary Covid symptom tracker app.

10 Aug 2020
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Abu Buwe
Abu Buwe
Class of 2019 alumni, Abu Buwe, has played a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic by helping to develop a ground-breaking Covid-19 symptom tracker app whilst on a gap year internship with health science data company, ZOE.

The Covid Symptom Study (CSS) app, which was developed by King’s College London in association with ZOE, collects daily health reports from participants around the UK. The CSS first identified loss of smell and taste as a hallmark symptom of Covid-19 and recently singled out skin rash as a key symptom in up to one in 10 cases.

Interviewed by the Evening Standard, Abu said: “No one expected this app to do what it’s done — it fills you with pride to have done something…that is genuinely community based… to be able to say we did something, to give valuable data the government can use to act when these are never-before-seen times."

Abu, who is heading to Oxford in October to study maths and computer science, joined a small team of seven engineers in March to help set up the app, and also worked on coding and troubleshooting. With more than 4 million users, it is the largest public science project of its kind in the world.

Co-founder and CEO of ZOE, Jonathan Wolf, noted: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch Abu go from strength to strength since we launched the COVID Symptom Study app. I often forget that he’s just 19 because of how capable and professional he is. We are going to be really sad to see him leave in September.”

Congratulations, Abu!

Read the Evening Standard article here: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/teenage-maths-covid-symptom-app-sign-up-grandparents-a4504256.html 

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