The COVID-19 symptom surveys are designed to help policymakers and health researchers better monitor and forecast the spread of COVID-19.
In partnership with University of Maryland’s Joint Program in Survey Methodology and Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi Research Group, we invite people on Facebook to participate in surveys that ask about how they are feeling, including any symptoms they or members of their household have experienced and their risk factors for contracting COVID-19.
The surveys are designed to provide valuable information to help monitor and forecast how COVID-19 may be spreading, without trading off the privacy of the people who took the surveys. Facebook does not share who took the surveys with our academic partners, and they do not share individual survey responses with us.
With over 2 billion people on Facebook, we are in a unique position to support public health research. We have partnered with trusted academic and nonprofit institutions to build a research network to address some of the world's greatest humanitarian issues. We're currently using our platform to deploy symptom surveys to support ongoing COVID-19 research and help inform public health decisions.
In addition to publicly available data offered by our partners, academic and nonprofit researchers around the world may request access to non-public, non-aggregated survey data for their research.
Who Uses Symptom Survey Data
New insights can help policymakers determine where to send resources, such as ventilators and personal protective equipment, or which areas are safe to start opening again. The data can also help health systems predict needs for hospital beds.
Public health officials
Public health officials can use this data to monitor changes in population dynamics and how these affect COVID-19 cases and spread as physical distancing policies around the world begin to change.
Researchers can use the data to study COVID-19, such as how the pandemic is affecting population movement trends, and understand which areas may be at risk of an outbreak based on population characteristics and symptoms.
In the News
To start working with this data in a visualized format, please click below to visit the COVID-19 Interactive Map & Dashboard. For researchers interested in data access, please visit: https://dataforgood.fb.com/docs/covid-19-symptom-survey-request-for-data-access/.