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#HowWeFeel

In collaboration with

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and researchers from

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Check in daily & see how other people feel near you.

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Donate your data to help scientists track the virus.

Feeding America

You choose what you report.
No sign-in required.

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For every new signup, HWF will donate a meal to people in need.*

*up to 10M meals, $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

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About

What is How We Feel?

How We Feel lets you self-report your age, sex, ZIP code, and any health symptoms you experience. It only takes 30 seconds!

Aggregate data is securely shared with select scientists, doctors and public health professionals who are actively working to stop the spread of COVID-19. The app doesn't ask you to sign in or share your name, phone number or email address.

The first time you download the app and donate your data with a check-in, we'll donate a meal to people in need through Feeding America—up to 10 million meals.

How can I get involved?

Donate money to The How We Feel Project
donate@howwefeel.org

Donate

‍Apply to be a scientific collaborator
‍collaboration@howwefeel.org

Volunteer or join
‍volunteer@howwefeel.org

Scientific collaborators

Feng Zhang, Ph.D.

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

Xihong Lin, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor, Department of Statistics, Harvard University
Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Gary King, Ph.D.website

Director, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor
Harvard University

Ophir Shalem, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Genetics
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Alexandros Sigaras, M.Sc.

Assistant Professor of Research in Physiology and Biophysics
Member, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Andrea Sboner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Informatics and Computational Biology, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Casey Greene, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Childhood Cancer Data Lab, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Christine Tedijanto

Ph.D. Candidate in Population Health Sciences (Epidemiology)
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University

Eran Segal, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science and Applied Math
Weizmann Institute of Science

Han Altae-Tran

Ph.D. Candidate in Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Iman Hajirasouliha, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computational Genomics in Computational Biomedicine
Member, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Jay Rajagopal, M.D.

Professor of Internal Medicine
Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

John Openshaw, M.D.

Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Stanford University

Mark Travassos, M.D., MSc

Assistant Professor
Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Nicole Nova

Ph.D. Candidate in Biology, Department of Biology
Data Science Scholar, Data Science Institute
Stanford University

Olivier Elemento, Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Director, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

William E. Allen, Ph.D.

Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows
Harvard University

Yonatan Grad, M.D., Ph.D.

Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Development volunteers

Chris Danford

Developer

Amine Kamel

Security

Albert Pereta

Designer

Patrik Gothe

Designer

Ben Silbermann

Product

Evrhet Milam

Developer

Jean Aurambault

Developer

Ryan Probasco

Developer

Thorben Primke

Developer

Claire Li

Developer

Josh Inkenbrandt

Developer

Tuan Huynh

Developer

Evan Chen

Developer

Christina Lee

Developer

Operational volunteers

Arun Ranganathan
Celie O’Neil-Hart
David Cheng
Debbie Adler
Divya Silbermann
Jack Chou
Lothar Determann
Mark Terry
Rhiannon Macrae
Robert Barretto
Ron Conway
Sid Shenai
Tony Falzone
Yurie Shimabukuro

Financial supporters

Ben and Divya Silbermann
Feng Zhang and Yufen Shi
Lore Harp McGovern
David Cheng
Ari Azhir
Kyung H. Yoon

FAQ

Who built How We Feel?

The app was built by an independent, nonprofit organization called The How We Feel Project. Our organization was founded by a volunteer team of scientists, doctors and technologists. Our mission is to make the world healthier by connecting citizens with the global health community. The organization was created in March 2020 to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

We're proud to be working with scientists, doctors and public health professionals from leading institutions including The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

We're collaborating with Dr. Gary King from Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science’s Privacy Insights Project. Dr. King specializes in developing technologies to make data available to researchers while protecting participants’ individual identities.

Our technology team includes Ben Silbermann, CEO of Pinterest, and a volunteer group of current and former Pinterest employees.

How will scientists and doctors use the data?

Scientists and doctors will use the data to identify new outbreaks, understand how the virus is spreading, discover new populations that may be at risk, and evaluate how interventions are working to slow the spread of the disease. This data is crucial right now because there’s a widespread shortage of COVID-19 testing. Self-reported data can be a powerful new tool in our fight against the pandemic.

Why should I use the app?

We’re all looking for something we can do to stop the spread of the virus. Health professionals need insight into areas that aren’t yet showing significant spikes in positive COVID-19 tests, but could be on the edge of an outbreak. This data is especially important because there's a worldwide shortage of testing.

Sharing how you feel will help scientists and researchers find new hotspots and identify populations that could be at risk. The data can also reveal which health measures are having the fastest impact so we can apply those learnings in other areas.

What if I’m healthy and I don’t have any symptoms?

Data on healthy people is important, too. When you open the app, you can click “I feel good.” Remember, the goal of this app is to get an aggregate sense of how people are feeling across America. Get into the habit of reporting your symptoms (or lack of them). Take 30 seconds to donate your data by checking in while you brush your teeth in the morning or before you go to bed at night. Reporting your health data now has the potential to save lives later on.

Who can use the app?

The How We Feel app is available to everyone in the U.S. who is 18 or older.

How often should I do a health check-in on the app?

Daily. The more people report their symptoms, the better, so the app encourages daily check-ins where people can select symptoms from a list. Each report only takes 30 seconds.

What happens to my data?

The data you submit is aggregated and shared with doctors, scientists, researchers and public health professionals who are working to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. We screen every individual or organization who applies to access the aggregated data.

We don’t need to know who you are. We won’t ask you for your name, phone number, or email address. You won’t be asked to create an account or log in through other accounts.

All data is securely shared only with organizations actively working to fight the spread of COVID-19. Current collaborators include: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Broad Institute of MIT, the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University.

Our team includes collaborators like Gary King, from the Institute for Quantitative Social Science’s Privacy Insights Project. Gary’s research team specializes in developing “differential privacy” and other techniques to make data available to researchers while protecting participants’ individual identities.

If you're actively working to fight the pandemic and you’d like to apply to become a collaborator, please email us at collaboration@howwefeel.org

How can organization access data to beat COVID-19?

Doctors, scientists, researchers and public health professionals who are working to stop the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for access to data subject to the HowWeFeel Data Access Terms by submitting an application. To learn more about how organizations use our data see our Data Access List.

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