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A new study is seeking participants to explore how respiratory tract infections, such as coughs, colds, flu, and Covid-19, are affecting people in Wales this winter.

The study will help researchers at Swansea and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities understand what people in Wales now think, feel and do about respiratory tract infections.

They hope to understand more about what people are doing to help prevent the spread of infections, whether they have symptoms of respiratory tract infections, and if so, what they are doing about their symptoms.

Participants will also be asked what they think about coughs, colds and Covid this winter, along with some questions about their general health and wellbeing. 

Volunteers can take part in this study by completing an online survey, which will take around 20 minutes to complete. All data will be stored and used confidentially, and responses will remain anonymous in any reports, data repositories or publications. 

To be eligible to take part in this study, participants must be aged 18 or over and living in Wales.

After completing the survey, the researchers will ask contributors whether they would like to take part in their ongoing study this winter. They will be sending out a second survey sometime between December and February 2023, asking whether they have any symptoms of respiratory tract infections, and if so, what they are doing about them.

This research has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University.

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