A picture is worth 1000 words...

These screenshots, and the main menu above, show StayHome in use

StayHome.app Features

Knowledge is power, for you as an individual. Knowledge about our community is the power we collectively need to slow the pandemic. Tracking your symptoms puts the ability to monitor possible coronavirus infection in your own hands. Sharing that information helps public health understand how best to intervene, to support us all. StayHome delivers trusted content, and collects valuable information, to help you, us, and our communities.

Symptom Tracking

You can use StayHome to track your temperature and log upper respiratory symptoms (such as coughing and trouble breathing) you may experience. Tracking your symptoms gives you information you can act on.

CDC Symptom Self Checker

The CDC's Self-Checker is an interactive tool to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care for COVID-19.
Currently you need to enter your symptoms again when using self checker, but a future version of StayHome will be able to send Self-Checker the symptoms you've already recorded (with your permission)

Record COVID-19 Testing

You can fill this out each time you are tested, and each time you receive a result. If you are sharing your information, having the result may be important when combined with your symptoms and other information.

Exposure or Travel Risk

Travel is no longer the primary risk for COVID-19, as it spreads within our communities. StayHome lets you track travel, but it also lets you track both brief and longer exposures and keep a record of what happened

Pregnancy, Occupation & Possible Risks

There is little known about COVID-19 and pregnancy. If you are pregnant, and you wish to provide location and contact information, that information may both help us learn more about the impact of COVID-19, as well as provide your information to programs addressing this special situation. Similarly, if you are a health care worker and you share your information, it may help us better understand interventions based on occupation.

Show Trends & History

StayHome takes the data you enter and shows you the trends in your symptoms over time. This helps you monitor your physical wellbeing as the outbreak continues.

Create a Profile

If you include profile information, StayHome lets you choose to share information, either anonymous or identified, with public health agencies responsible for your city/county, state, or country.
While we hope you will share so we can all learn more about COVID-19, you do not have to share any information to use all of StayHome, and you can delete your account and remove all of your information at any time.


StayHome includes a resource directory that gives you direct access to trusted information sources to support your need for accurate information about how to maintain physical, financial, and personal wellbeing during the outbreak.

Go to StayHome.app

Go to StayHome Resources Page


Go to StayHome GitHub Repository

Who we are

We are university software developers and researchers who write software for clinical care, research, public health, and global health, and we are also people who (mostly) live in Seattle. Like you, we care about our families, friends, and colleagues in our community, in our region, and across the world.

StayHome.app builds on 15 years of experience by the University of Washington Clinical Informatics Research Group in developing applications to support direct entry of patient-generated health data and patient reported outcomes across clinical, research, and public health settings.

Why StayHome?

All of us want to know the same things about COVID-19: where can we find good information, are we experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, where can we find testing and care, how do we remember what we have experienced as the weeks progress, and how do we best Stay at Home to minimize the risk to ourselves and others and to “flatten the curve” in our communities?

During the first week of March, we asked a group of University of Washington students what mattered to them about COVID-19, and found they had the same questions that we did. To meet their needs, and ours, we developed StayHome. From our previous experience working with public health agencies, we know that the routine processes of those agencies get stretched very thin in situations where the numbers of ill and worried people outweigh the available resources. But we also know that the middle of an outbreak is no time for public health to switch to new, untested methods. We have concentrated on answering the questions people have, and creating a way for them to volunteer information which may help public health monitor the overall health of communities. This may also help make existing processes for case investigation, and identifying the contacts of infected people, easier and require less work, while not upsetting the critical processes currently in place.

What Happened to StayHome?

The StayHome app was archived in May 2022, and is no longer available.

We appreciate those who tested it, used it, and provided us with feedback to improve it. StayHome helped users in a time of great uncertainly, it taught us about patient-centered Covid-19 needs and apps, and it started us down a path to develop what we've come to call "FHIR-native" apps - apps which use constructs within the FHIR standard not only to store clinical data, but also to represent the application logic.

Here are some links summarizing StayHome, which we hope you will find interesting:

Hannah Burkhardt's slides on StayHome as a FHIR-Native mobile app.

A publication (with PubMed Central link to full text) about StayHome.

The agenda for the 2020 FHIR meeting where StayHome was presented.

StayHome Version Change Log