People taking part in this year’s Flusurvey, the UK’s biggest crowd-sourced study of influenza will for the first time be offered a swab to confirm if their symptoms are caused by a flu virus or not as part of a new collaboration with i-sense. Data from social media and internet searches will also be combined with Flusurvey, allowing flu trends to be monitored across the UK more accurately and earlier than ever before.
Flusurvey coordinator Clare Wenham uses the nasal swab kit.
Credit: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
The research is funded by an EPSRC i-sense Exploratory Project grant.