COVID Symptom Study – Additional Tracking for Covid19.

I’ve been taking part in a research project since the outbreak of Covid19 using a symptom tracking app that is using techniques that I used to track the SARS virus nearly 20 years ago when I was in the virus “industry”.

It runs on your smartphone and it takes 1 minute of your time a day to anonymously report how you feel and what new symptoms you have. It has successfully been responsible for identifying a change of taste and smell as a symptom of Covid19.

With the government moving ( at last ) to “track and trace” this app will give independent data to check the progress of the disease. It is being used by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland – but not Health England who are using their own system. It is also being used in other countries by a total of over 3 million people.

You can download the app at for Apple devices and for Android phones.

It is run by Professor Tim Spector ūüė¶ ) of King’s College London. He says

Logging your health daily is more important than ever and due to the conflicting and unverifiable data from the government system this app might be of interest to others. With lockdown measures easing, there are plenty of new opportunities for ‘R’ to increase. As the weather improves and children and teachers head back to school, more people will come into contact with one another.

The risk of new COVID hotspots emerging is also likely to increase without adequate monitoring. Our app is a crucial early detection tool to understand if there is a risk of a second wave of the virus. It’s is more important than ever that you keep logging daily using our app to help us to detect new COVID hotspots earlier.

Protect your community as lockdown lifts by reporting for yourself and behalf of your children to stop the spread of new infections quicker. We would also like to encourage you to share the app with schools, parent’s associations, and other organisations within your community. The more of us there are using the app daily, the more accurately and quickly we will be able to identify potential hotspots.

How might I keep my kids safe as they return to school?

As children return to school, we know that parents may be wondering how they can protect their children from COVID. We’ve made sure to cover this topic in one of our latest blog posts. Read our six tips for keeping your children safe as they go back to school.

We encourage all parents to take just 1 minute each day to keep using our app to log on behalf of their children. This data will help us better understand how the virus might affect kids and identify potential COVID hotspots as schools reopen.

New incidence data: are the numbers falling?

Last week we published insights into the number of daily new COVID cases are occurring in England. We have now added daily case estimates for Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, which you can find on our website.

Stay well, Professor Tim Spector

Beware – Puppy Scam

We have now had two people who have been directed to “xx
Morcott Road” with the correct postcode to collect their French Bulldog puppy on which they have already paid a deposit.

The supposed owner is somebody who calls herself Donna Rose – who does not then answer her mobile and clearly has no puppies.

It is clearly a scam! This is being reported to the Pets4Home website
and we have contacted the police. We are waiting to see how many more visitors we get!

A French Bulldog

The 100 Club is still alive

As many of you know Wing has, as many villages have, a 100 Club. People can buy shares in this club and once a month there are 3 members who are “picked out of a hat” to win prizes. This is normally done at the Thursday morning coffee morning but in view of Corvid-19 the village hall is closed until further notice. But the draw has been taking place! The winners have been notified but here are the results for the rest of us.

AprilCrissie Roberts46
Lynn Kitson36
Jane Gilmore04
MayJeffy Wood147
Anna Tyler27
Jesse Heyden29

Age UK Telephone and Online Virtual Activity Sessions

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are now offering some virtual sessions as trial. Via telephone or online with Zoom or Skype (using a suitable mobile phone, tablet, laptop or computer), each lasting up to 40 minutes

Please let us know if you would like to take part, so far, we are offering: –

  • Virtual Coffee morning via phone or Zoom
  • Virtual Afternoon tea via phone or Zoom
  • Virtual Group meeting via phone or Zoom
  • IT support via phone or Skype
  • Cooking groups online only
  • Seated Exercise online only
  • Music and coffee online only
  • Quiz or Bingo Via phone or Zoom

If you would like to try any of the above or have another suggestion for us to try, please telephone

Yvonne 01572 770324

Penny 01572 822171

If you need help getting Zoom installed on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or computer we have Digital Champions who can help you over the phone or via Skype

RAS talk is Monday 18th May at 7pm.

Just a reminder that the next RAS talk is tomorrow evening (Monday 18th May) at 7pm

“Growing your 5 a day‚ÄĚ! UK vegetable production¬†– current successes and challenges. An illustrated talk.

You can join the talk from 6:45pm using the following link:

Feel free to distribute this link to any family/friends who may be interested in attending the talk.

We have the capacity for 100 people to attend this session so entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Robert Miles will be our host and will be joined by Robin Buck, a Rutland resident who has an extensive vegetable farm and pack house operation just East of Spalding. Robert will be in conversation with Robin on the farm scale production of a wide variety of crops from the conventional, including peas and potatoes to the more exotic, such as artichoke, chicory, mooli and celeriac.

If you have missed any of the previous RAS Zoom talks, you can access them via the following Society webpage: