Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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We use JotForm and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for research study data collection. JotForm and AWS store the data in a secure application with restricted access and controls. Your data will be stored with JotForm or AWS until it is downloaded by us. We will store the data in a database with restricted access. If you would like more information about how Jotform and AWS store your data, please visit their respective privacy policies at https://www.jotform.com/privacy/ and https://aws.amazon.com/en/privacy/. If you would like to learn more please refer to the Virufy privacy policy.

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Our strong legal and information security teams have developed a DPIA to address potential risks and threats for your privacy. We will store your personal data in a form that permits us to identify you for a maximum of 4 (four) months in a secure database with restricted access. After 4 (four) months, we will strip all information of your personal details (e.g., your name and contact information) and aggregate this with the information of others, so that you cannot reasonably be identified as an individual. For the avoidance of doubt, what we will retain long-term is anonymized biometric and health data, such as cough recordings, for the purpose of future research into viruses and other medical conditions. If you would like to learn more please refer to the Virufy privacy policy.

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Virufy takes your privacy seriously and our legal team has prepared a detailed privacy policy and cookie policy to protect the personal information you share with us through use of our website, participation in our cough donation study, contacting us, and volunteer applications.

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If you opt-in to share your contact information (e.g., email and phone number) with us, we will not distribute any of this identifiable information to any third party, even for research purposes, without your explicit consent. However, we may share your anonymized information, such as your cough sounds, with third parties in order to accelerate global research efforts to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and other future spreads of disease. More details can be found in our privacy policy and the data collection study consent form.

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No.

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Virufy is a registered California nonprofit public benefit corporation. However, our official 501(c)(3) status approval could take until mid 2021 as the IRS is backlogged due to COVID-19.

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As a not-for-profit organization our intention is to make the app free for everyone, especially in low-income countries. However, we may need to charge a nominal fee to support our operations in case we are not able to raise enough funds.

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We anticipate that low-income countries will not have the financial resources and medical infrastructure to vaccinate their population and that rapid, equitable COVID-19 testing will still be important to control the pandemic, especially in those countries.

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Virufy’s aims to bring an end to the spread of various communicable diseases through widespread, smartphone-based testing which can be used whenever a community feels at risk of virus spread. We anticipate that the same artificial intelligence technology can be adapted to detect other coronaviruses, including the common cold and influenza.

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Yes, various groups across the world have validated that coughs contain detectable patterns signifying the presence of COVID-19. We believe that rollout of the technology is just a matter of time and collaboration. More details can be found on our research page. You may also read about our novel findings in our research paper.

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More details can be found in our full privacy policy, cookie policy and consent form which is embedded in the data collection app.

For questions related to the data collection study, please email us at study@virufy.org. For data related queries, we can be contacted at open-data@virufy.org. For all other inquiries, you may reach us at info@virufy.org.

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