Hospitals are at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak, and they need all the help they can get to reduce unnecessary crowding that can potentially spread COVID-19. This free online tool that uses information and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) aims to do just that. The Coronavirus Checker is an online tool that screens individuals for COVID-19.
The site was developed by Viral software and informed by experts at the Emory Department of Emergency Medicine and the Emory Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. The site’s goal is to help members of the public decide if they can stay at home or if they need to go to the hospital. It’ll also explain how likely it is that you have coronavirus. It asks individuals questions about symptoms, medical problems and more. Based on the individuals’ responses, they’ll be placed in one of three risk levels:
- Low Risk (administer self-care and recover at home)
- Intermediate Risk (contact your doctor for advice on managing your illness)
- High Risk (needs immediate medical attention)
This resource will be available through the COVID-19 public health emergency. The site doesn’t collect personal information or make money for its developers or anyone else, creators say. You can also opt to share a zip code to contribute to research tracking the geographic spread of and eventual recovery from the pandemic.
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