New online tool promises to help Virginians self-screen for COVID-19

New online tool promises to help Virginians self-screen for COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of COVIDCheck, the new online risk-assessment tool to check their symptoms and connect with the appropriate health care resource on Friday. (Source: Virginia Department of Health)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A new tool launched by the state promises to help Virginians self-screen for coronavirus in order to make decisions on whether or not they should see a doctor or self-isolate.

Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of COVIDCheck, the new online risk-assessment tool to check their symptoms and connect with the appropriate health care resource on Friday.

“If you are feeling sick or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is important that you take action right away,” said Governor Northam. “This online symptom-checking tool can help Virginians understand their personal risk for COVID-19 and get recommendations about what to do next from the safety of their homes."

COVIDCheck is a free, web-based, artificial intelligence-powered telehealth tool that can help individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 self-assess their risk and determine the best next steps, such as self-isolation, seeing a doctor, or seeking emergency care.

This resource assists in identifying users who are at higher risk of COVID-19 and can help individuals find a nearby testing site. It is not to be used in place of emergency medical care.

COVIDCheck users who say they are experiencing symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 are screened for occupational and medical risk factors and are given one of five care levels in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health’s categories.

“Because COVID-19 can affect people differently and cause illness ranging from mild to severe, this personalized assessment tool can help people sort through symptoms and decide if they need to seek medical care,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “While COVIDCheck is not a substitute for medical advice, it can help people decide what steps to take next to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community.”

By answering a series of questions, an individual can receive a personalized, real-time self-assessment with information and recommendations on what to do next. The recommendations, based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include advice on when to contact a medical professional or seek emergency care, next steps for care based on zip code, and permission to follow up with the individual in three days to see how the person is doing.

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