The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided a protocol for investigating the first few cases and contact investigation for COVID-19.
By using a standardized protocol, WHO says:
epidemiological exposure data and biological samples can be systematically collected and shared rapidly in a format that can be easily aggregated, tabulated and analyzed across many different settings globally for timely estimates of 2019-nCoV infection severity and transmissibility, as well as to inform public health responses and policy decisions.
@LN and I have made the minimum reporting form into a downloadable WHO COVID-19 A0 XLSForm that anyone can use and leave feedback on. This form should be a good model for a number of other applications.
When converting a paper form into an ODK form, there are always many decisions to make about how it should look and feel. Here are some that we made in this case:
- Questions are grouped on screens to minimize vertical scrolling and help the data collector focus on what is related and important
- Screen breaks are designed to be comfortable on 5-inch 1920x1080 screen (e.g. Pixel 2) or 8-inch 1024x768 screen (e.g. Galaxy Tab A)
- Every yes/no/unknown question is horizontal so more questions fit on a screen. They are represented consistently so that data collectors can respond from muscle memory
- Select questions are always required
- Logic is used to hide questions that aren’t relevant
It’s important to test a form definition and make sure it is appropriate for any new context it is used in. We have added several comments labeled “Review and customize” in the form definition to highlight changes that you should consider.
We will update the form as we get feedback from users. Watch this topic (learn how here) for updates or check the changelog sheet in the Google Sheet.