Promoting public health participation through a health survey
CoughWatchSA is a pilot digital participatory surveillance platform launched by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) as of 9 March 2022. This platform is open to all South African residents who are 18 years and older. Participants in this programme are requested to report data on symptoms related to influenza-like illness and COVID-19. In addition to this, demographic data, life style factors, underlying medical conditions and vaccination status for seasonal influenza and COVID-19 are captured. Participants who reside in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are eligible to enrol in the CoughCheck program, where they can request for a home-based test for influenza, RSV and COVID-19.