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Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic

In this exciting new science event for BBC 4 Dr. Hannah Fry will launch the UK’s first ever life saving pandemic.

Hannah will ask volunteers to download a specially created BBC Pandemic App onto their smartphones. The free app will anonymously collect vital data on how far users travel over a 24 period and ask for information about the number of people they come into contact with during this time.

The results of the experiment will be revealed in a 90 minute landmark documentary to air in spring 2018 on BBC Four where Dr Fry will be joined by Dr Javid Abdelmoneim. The pair will chart the creation of the first ever life-saving pandemic, provide new insight into the latest pandemic science and use the data collected by the BBC Pandemic app to chart how an outbreak would spread across the UK.

In the last 100 years there have been four major flu pandemics including the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918 that killed up to100 million people world wide. Another pandemic flu outbreak is the current top risk on the UK Civilian risk register.

This national citizen science event has been commissioned by BBC Specialist Factual and is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

More information on the BBC Pandemic app and how to download it can be found here:

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