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Zoe app has asked me to get tested- should I?

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Sameold2020 Mon 18-May-20 07:19:25

Hi, I recently downloaded the Zoe covid 19 app. I've ticked no to all of the symptoms asked about, but for 2 days I couldn't stop sneezing and my nose wouldn't stop running. After 2 days nothing at all. It was very strange. I put this on the app. Last night I received an email telling me to get tested for covid 19. Should I? I was thinking yes. Can I take my dc in the car with me if I do go? Home tests seem to be unavailable.

Any thoughts/experiences?

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Tamtam86 Mon 18-May-20 07:52:41

I had the same thing, after reporting no symptoms I had a headache for 2 days and they invited me to book a test so I did. I had DC in the car with me, where I went I could choose to do the test myself or have someone do it so I did it myself. It was very straight forward, they hold signs up to your window with instructions and you phone the person standing next to your car so they can talk you through it over the phone. Results came back within 48 hours (negative)

ScrapThatThen Mon 18-May-20 07:55:16

Yes, if convenient - your test result will help the research.

MrsWombat Mon 18-May-20 07:58:14

I did this after putting in my hayfever symptoms. It was negative. If you log on at 7pm tonight you might be able to get a home test.

Sameold2020 Mon 18-May-20 08:00:38

Thanks. That process doesn't sound too bad.

I was thinking I should do it for science.

I don't get hayfever, but I think that's what it must have been.

I'm really anxious but will probably book it.

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PoisoningPigeons Mon 18-May-20 11:27:51

I've just been invited too! I have been using the app since lockdown started and this weekend had a really hot scratchy sore throat and constant dry cough for a day or so, which I dutifully reported. The next day, I felt pretty much fine apart from some lingering discomfort... and then got the invitation for a test blush

Having read your thread, I'll go ahead and request a test. It's all useful data for the study, whether it's positive or not.

usernotfound0000 Mon 18-May-20 12:32:39

I would. I think it helps the research if as many get tested as possible. I was invited yesterday after reproting a sore throat. I have my test this afternoon. Luckily I live 5 minutes from a drive through test centre.

NervousInYorkshire Mon 18-May-20 13:09:06

I've been invited too. I'm in the shielding group but only found out two weeks ago. I'm not in a complete sterile bubble since then because of a shared front door & hallway with up to five other people, and deliveries etc. My only ticked symptom box has been skipped meals - my appetite has effed right off. I don't drive, so would have to book a home test.
I am in two minds about it hmm

Sameold2020 Mon 18-May-20 13:26:47

I managed to get a home test in the end. I thought it was interesting to be invited for a test as I didn't tick yes to any of their questions.

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AmNot Mon 18-May-20 13:39:08

This app sounds a bit of a mess based on what i've heard on MN.

Spam88 Mon 18-May-20 13:44:17

In what way does it sound a mess? confused the only negative thing I've seen on here is about it asking for gender.

It's all useful for helping them to determine which things are common symptoms, how many people get it mildly/asymptomatically I guess!

AmNot Mon 18-May-20 14:08:57

A mess because tiny amounts of people are using it (just over 3.5 million in a UK population of over 66 million so 4% being generous).

And the symptoms are so generic. People logging symptoms that they know they normally have due to hayfever or their periods for e.g.

And the researchers themselves have said young, females of higher socio-economic status than the general population are disproportinately represented in users and high-risk groups aren't using it much.

4% of a population with most users being young and not in at-risk groups logging their symptoms isn't a great way to try and monitor CV.

Alone07 Mon 18-May-20 14:16:43

I got asked (well there is 3 of us using the same app so not sure who) but as the other 2 are children and I thought they won't test children?
I haven't had any symptoms but 2 of my of my children have had a horse voice and a bit of a cough.

NervousInYorkshire Mon 18-May-20 14:17:21

"We would like to test you to understand if you have the virus right now. This does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19 as we are also inviting some people we believe do not have the virus."
[Shrug]

Sameold2020 Mon 18-May-20 14:22:14

Yes in my city I'm sure it said only around 3k users. Shame it's not more widely used, but I do understand that people don't like giving all their information away. I also think a lot of people haven't heard of the app.

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thatcarolebaskinbitch Mon 18-May-20 14:24:16

Yes I got invited last Tuesday to do one despite reporting no symptoms, luckily I saw the email at 7am so was able to get a home testing kit when they got released at 8am. Result came back on Saturday and as expected was negative but if it helps then that's a good thing.

Lindy2 Mon 18-May-20 14:27:28

Yes, do go. Part of the reason for being on the app is to help with research and being tested will help. It's probably pollen related or a cold but the test will confirm that.

I got tasted a few weeks ago. It was pretty quick and easy. We had DD in the car with us.

I'm assuming the poster that criticised the app hasn't actually been using it. I find it very clear and easy and the information on there very good. The data and questions constantly update and change accordingly to areas they are researching. The current questions seem to indicate female hormones may offer some protection. Being a member is a good way of getting tested if you need it too.

Lifeisabeach09 Mon 18-May-20 14:27:42

the only negative thing I've seen on here is about it asking for gender.

People have been complaining about it asking about gender?? Can you elaborate?

I would have thought knowing the gender of the individual is important to research.

Lindy2 Mon 18-May-20 14:28:21

Tested not tasted! Definitely no licking going on 😂

Stinkyjellycat Mon 18-May-20 14:30:22

I was asked to get a test but when I tried, it would let me book it. I gave up eventually.

Lindy2 Mon 18-May-20 14:30:25

Lifeisabeach09 it asks "what gender were you born with". Only on mumsnet would that question ever cause any issue.

Sameold2020 Mon 18-May-20 14:34:20

Of course the gender question is an issue. If its to do with science and medicine it absolutely has to know our sex. WTF good is it knowing our social construct?? Especially with a virus that disproportionately affects males. Madness.

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Sameold2020 Mon 18-May-20 14:35:30

@Stinkyjellycat yeah I had to ring the helpline.

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Spam88 Mon 18-May-20 14:38:58

It asks sex as well though.

Sameold2020 Mon 18-May-20 14:40:34

It didn't ask sex when I booked the test, the app does though.

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