Speak up and help beat coronavirus

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The Government are seeking volunteers to take part in a study at the forefront of new and emerging science and technology.

Take 5 minutes of your time to submit your voice sounds and contribute to COVID-19 research.

The government will explore how algorithms can use voice data, including cough recordings, to detect COVID-19.

Using voice sounds to identify if someone is more likely to need a test could help them find more cases, and help slow the spread of COVID-19 as we follow the roadmap of easing lockdown restrictions.

Taking part

If you found out about this study because you took part in the COVID-19 challenge study (COV-CHIM01), see the challenge section for more information.

Anyone over the age of 18 who has had a COVID-19 test (lateral flow or PCR) within the past 72 hours can take part. You’ll need your NHS test barcode ID to take part. If you used an at-home test kit you must have registered your result online.

If you’d like to take part in this study you should use your own laptop, desktop computer, smartphone or tablet to visit www.ciab2021.uk.

You’ll then be asked:

  • to read and accept a privacy notice that explains how your information will be used
  • for your agreement to take part in the study

The form will ask a few basic questions about you and your health. These questions, such as your height or first language, are all things that can affect how your voice sounds.

You’ll need to record a short series of sounds using the microphone on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

This will include a forced cough, breathing sounds and a defined sentence. Guidance on screen will help you through these steps. It should take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

This study will not offer any medical advice. The sole purpose of the study is to collect research data.

To take part, you need:

  • a smartphone or tablet, laptop or desktop computer
  • to be connected to the internet
  • your COVID-19 test kit barcode number (this should be an 11-character code in the format ABC12345678)

It is important that you submit your information no later than 72 hours after your COVID-19 test.

You should only submit your voice sounds while you are alone. Do not submit your voice sounds if you are in a vehicle or room with any other people.

Additional information

Potential risks

One of the voice sounds we will ask you to record is a forced cough. Coughing is a potential risk to others around you. Please make sure that you only submit your voice sounds after you have left the testing site, when you are alone in either your vehicle or a room. Do not submit your voice sounds if you are in a vehicle or room with any other persons.

Changing your mind

It is up to you to decide if you would like to take part in this study. If you decide to take part but change your mind when completing the form, you can exit the website at any stage. Voice recordings and information that are not submitted are not retained.

To withdraw from the study, contact ciab2021@dhsc.gov.uk and quote your test barcode number. You must keep your test barcode number as this is the only way we will be able to identify your data.

Benefitting from taking part in the study

There are no monetary or other direct benefits to you from taking part in this study. However, the information you contribute may be useful in the fight against COVID-19.

If something goes wrong or you wish to complain

If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the study, would like to report an adverse event or if you wish to complain formally, you can email ciab2021@dhsc.gov.uk.

How the information will be used

The government will use the information that you submit on the website for research purposes only. Researchers will process audio files from your recordings and the information that you provide. You can learn more about the use of information collected as part of this study by reading the privacy notice on the study website.

Review of the study

The National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee and the Cambridge South and Nottingham NHS Research Ethics Committee have approved this study. Findings of the study will be published in due course.

Already taking part in COVID-19 research

COVID-19 challenge study (COV-CHIM01) participants 

Anyone over the age of 18 who has had a COVID-19 test (lateral flow or PCR) within the past 72 hours can take part.

If you’re taking multiple tests as part of the COVID-19 challenge study you should complete the ‘Speak up and help beat COVID’ study as soon as possible after each test.

You’ll need your COVID-19 challenge study (COV-CHIM01) ID to take part. You can find this in the email you received from the COVID-19 challenge study team. This was sent on behalf of NHS Test and Trace to make you aware of the ‘Speak up and help beat COVID’ study.

If you’d like to take part in this study, you should use a laptop, desktop computer, smartphone or tablet to visit www.ciab2021.uk/challenge.

You’ll then be asked:

  • to read and accept a privacy notice that explains how your information will be used
  • for your agreement to take part in the study

The form will ask a few basic questions about you, and your health. These questions, such as your height or first language, are all things that can affect how your voice sounds.

You will need to record a short series of sounds using the microphone on a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. These sounds will include a forced cough, breathing sounds and a defined sentence. Guidance on screen will help you through these steps. It should take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

This study will not offer any medical advice. The sole purpose of this study is to collect data for research.

To take part, you need:

  • a laptop, desktop computer, smartphone or tablet
  • to be connected to the internet
  • your COVID-19 challenge study ID (provided by the COVID-19 challenge study team)

It is important that you submit your information no later than 72 hours after your COVID-19 swab test (as soon as possible after each test as part of the COVID-19 challenge study is preferable).

You should only submit your voice sounds while you are alone. Do not submit your voice sounds if you are in a vehicle or room with any other people.

Additional information

Potential risks

One of the voice sounds we will ask you to record is a forced cough. Coughing is a potential risk to others around you. Please make sure that you only submit your voice sounds after you have left the testing site, when you are alone in either your vehicle or a room. Do not submit your voice sounds if you are in a vehicle or room with any other persons.

Changing your mind

It is up to you to decide if you would like to take part in this study. If you decide to take part but change your mind when completing the form, you can exit the website at any stage. Voice recordings and information that are not submitted are not retained.

To withdraw from the study, contact ciab2021@dhsc.gov.uk and quote your COVID-19 challenge study ID. You must keep your COVID-19 challenge study ID as this is the only way we will be able to identify your data.

Benefitting from taking part in the study

There are no monetary or other direct benefits to you from taking part in this study. However, the information you contribute may be useful in the fight against COVID-19.

If something goes wrong or you wish to complain

If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the study, would like to report an adverse event or if you wish to complain formally, you can email ciab2021@dhsc.gov.uk.

How the information will be used

We will use the information that you submit on the website for research purposes only. Researchers will process audio files from your recordings and the information that you provide. You can learn more about the use of information collected as part of this study by reading the privacy notice on the study website.

Review of the study

The National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee and the Cambridge South and Nottingham NHS Research Ethics Committee have approved this study. Findings of the study will be published in due course.

Graham Sheen

Graham Sheen

Graham Sheen is the BWA Secretary, appointed in 2019. Graham has a strong background in logistics and warehousing, and is very well connected within the warehousing and supply chain sectors.

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