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The COVID-19 MedBot is powered by Akkure, an innovative digital health startup based in Dublin. Akkure’s vision is to put control over health and medical data back into the hands of patients. We have designed a block-chain enabled digital health platform that allows users to own their own genetic information. Akkure’s platform enables users to keep their information private, or, if they choose to do so, be rewarded fiscally for sharing their information anonymously and securely with research organizations.

By joining the Akkure network, you are not only actively facilitating medical breakthroughs, but furthermore, becoming part of an innovative, patient focused, medical community looking to improve public health and revolutionize modern medicine.

Read more about the release of the COVID Medbot.

Local updates

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  • WHO and ITU launch new guide on introduction of dementia risk reduction and carer support programmes using mobile technology
    WHO’s new mDementia handbook[SF1] [BAR2] , launched today, will help countries to introduce and scale up dementia mHealth programmes (delivered through mobile devices, such as phones and tablets). The handbook and accompanying mHealth programme content includes a module on reducing the risk of dementia and another on support for carers of people with dementia. The handbook was developed by the WHO Mental Health and Substance Use Department and Be He@lthy Be Mobile (BHBM), a joint initiative between the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union.
  • Consultation on discussion paper on Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders
    Neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability-adjusted-life-years and the second leading cause of death globally. Despite the global burden that neurological conditions impose, access to both services and support for such conditions is insufficient, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
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What can I expect?

Most commonly reported symptoms

Most commonly reported symptoms

The most commonly reported symptoms of the coronavirus are as listed below:

  1. A cough (any kind of cough, not just dry)
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Breathing difficulties
  4. Fever


COVID-19 Public Health Advice

COVID-19 Public Health Advice

For further information on facts about COVID-19, please click the button below.




Experiencing any symptoms?

Experiencing any symptoms?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, do not panic.

  1. Self-isolate
  2. Engage in a MedBot consult to ascertain your personal risk assessment
  3. Follow the resulting guidelines for your next steps based on HSE and WHO recommendations. (Source: HSE)

How the COVID Medbot works

Engage in a MedBot consult.
Ascertain your risk assessment based on the results of the MedBot.
Follow the resulting guidelines given by the MedBot based on HSE recommendations.


Much of the panic surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak has come from several myths that have been circulating regarding the nature of the virus. We’re here to debunk those myths, and provide you with up to date information from the HSE and WHO.

“Wearing a mask will protect me from the virus”

Standard surgical masks cannot protect you from the new coronavirus, as they are not designed to block out viral particles and often do not lay flush to the face. Using masks is unlikely to be of any benefit if you are not sick. However, there may be a benefit for sick people to use a mask to prevent the spread of infected droplets to other people.

(source: HSE)

“Cold weather and snow can kill the coronavirus”

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases, as the normal human body temperature remains around 37ºC regardless of external temperature or weather.

(source: WHO)

“Hand dryers can kill the new coronavirus”

No, hand dryers are not effective in killing COVID-19. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.

(source: WHO)


The AKKURE team possess a fusion of expertise in the medical, information engineering and healthcare space, with their current focus on the treatment of respiratory illnesses, rare diseases and oncology. Most notably, their founder Dr. Oran Rigby, a professor of robotics and autonomous systems, is also a consultant in intensive care medicine and surgery, whilst holding master’s degrees in disaster medicine, trauma surgery and orthopaedic medicine. Co-founder Dr Amy Hollingworth is a respiratory and lung transplant specialist, with a master’s degree in public health, focusing on pandemic influenza.

Singularity Alpha Limited (trading as Akkure4Covid.com), NovaUCD Innovation Centre, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland.

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