CoughWatchSA is a digital participatory surveillance platform launched by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) for influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) in South Africa. The program was launched as a pilot in 2022 and 2023. This year the NICD is launching CoughWatchSA as an official surveillance program that will complement already existing facility-based surveillance for ILI. This platform is open to all South African residents who are 18 years and older. Participants in this program are requested to report every week whether they have respiratory symptoms or not. In addition to this, demographic data, lifestyle factors, underlying medical conditions and vaccination status for seasonal influenza. Participants who reside in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are eligible to enrol in the home-based testing program, where they can request for a test for influenza and Sars-CoV2, from the comfort of their home. Take a moment to go through the website and help us improve our efforts towards real-time surveillance for respiratory illness.

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