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Could a smartphone cough app stop future pandemics?

A host of companies are looking at cough apps to detect the presence of COVID-19. But one company called Hyfe wants to take the idea a step further and use them to detect future pandemics, reports Richard Staines. 

The pandemic has seen a plethora of digital tools emerge to help manage patients remotely, with the ubiquitous use of smartphone technology allowing medics to monitor patients’ vital signs without risky face-to-face contact.

There have also been some creative uses of smartphone technology – including investigations into whether apps could be used to identify telltale signs of COVID just from a cough