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.
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With pandemic fatigue setting in across the United States after a long year filled with uncertainty, many felt the temptation to celebrate a “normal” Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many health organizations strongly discouraged large gatherings during the holidays. Delphi’s COVID-19 Surveys can provide a broader picture of the travel Americans took during the holiday season. In taking greater risks with travel, did Americans change their behaviors in other preventative measures like mask wearing during this time?
Data on Economic Anxiety Offer New Opportunities for Insights on the Global Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
We recently released a new set of aggregated data on economic indicators, which will provide new insights into how individuals have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Economic concerns due to COVID-19 are widespread, but it has been challenging to examine those concerns in a systematic way due to a lack of multinational data. Using our new data from the COVID-19 Symptom Survey, which addresses many of these concerns, we explored a few questions related to the prevalence and trends of economic anxiety.
Are Masks Widely Used in Public?
Some claim that current COVID spikes indicate that masks and social distancing do not work. To answer this question, we must first ask, are people wearing masks? Since April, Delphi has conducted daily surveys of Facebook users throughout the United States. These surveys ask respondents about their experiences during the pandemic and whether they're experiencing symptoms. Since early September we have also asked all respondents a question about mask use.
Global Trends of Mask Usage in 19 Million Adults
Over the past several months, the use of a face covering or mask has been highlighted as one of the most crucial and cost-effective mitigation measures to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Yet, our understanding on the global adoption of mask-wearing behavior has been relatively inadequate. To better understand the global trends of mask usage, we used data from the International COVID-19 Symptom Survey, which is a large daily survey in partnership between The University of Maryland and Facebook Data for Good.
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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/.