Coswara — A Database of Breathing, Cough, and Voice Sounds for COVID-19 Diagnosis

Neeraj Sharma, Prashant Krishnan, Rohit Kumar, Shreyas Ramoji, Srikanth Raj Chetupalli, Nirmala R., Prasanta Kumar Ghosh, Sriram Ganapathy

The COVID-19 pandemic presents global challenges transcending boundaries of country, race, religion, and economy. The current gold standard method for COVID-19 detection is the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing. However, this method is expensive, time-consuming, and violates social distancing. Also, as the pandemic is expected to stay for a while, there is a need for an alternate diagnosis tool which overcomes these limitations, and is deployable at a large scale. The prominent symptoms of COVID-19 include cough and breathing difficulties. We foresee that respiratory sounds, when analyzed using machine learning techniques, can provide useful insights, enabling the design of a diagnostic tool. Towards this, the paper presents an early effort in creating (and analyzing) a database, called Coswara, of respiratory sounds, namely, cough, breath, and voice. The sound samples are collected via worldwide crowdsourcing using a website application. The curated dataset is released as open access. As the pandemic is evolving, the data collection and analysis is a work in progress. We believe that insights from analysis of Coswara can be effective in enabling sound based technology solutions for point-of-care diagnosis of respiratory infection, and in the near future this can help to diagnose COVID-19.

 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2768

Cite as: Sharma, N., Krishnan, P., Kumar, R., Ramoji, S., Chetupalli, S.R., R., N., Ghosh, P.K., Ganapathy, S. (2020) Coswara — A Database of Breathing, Cough, and Voice Sounds for COVID-19 Diagnosis. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 4811-4815, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2768.

  author={Neeraj Sharma and Prashant Krishnan and Rohit Kumar and Shreyas Ramoji and Srikanth Raj Chetupalli and Nirmala R. and Prasanta Kumar Ghosh and Sriram Ganapathy},
  title={{Coswara — A Database of Breathing, Cough, and Voice Sounds for COVID-19 Diagnosis}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},