A few things have happened since our last update on COVID-19. The United States is officially under a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, which eases a city or state's access to federal aid. An economic stimulus package of around $850 billion may be on its way. The U.S. is still experiencing a shortage of COVID-19 tests, however, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now working with private labs and pharmaceutical companies like Roche to make more available. Amazon is looking to hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery employees to keep up with demand from the “corona economy”. And Ellen Degeneres is SO bored, she started a 4,000 piece puzzle. If you’re feeling restless, USA Today shares 100 tips on how to manage. And, finally, while we’re social distancing in many parts of the globe, we’re also finding new ways for human connection.
COVID-19 Symptom Tracker by doc.ai
Since our last blog, we’ve also been hard at work on a COVID-19 Symptom Tracker.
Today, we’re excited to release the first version of this tracker, you can start using it right now by downloading the doc.ai app for iOS devices.
To prevent and slow the spread of SARS-CoV2 (the official name of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease), it’s really important for individuals who are concerned that they have COVID-19 to be able to track their symptoms, location, and contacts.
When you feel unwell, it can be hard to remember the specifics of when you first started having symptoms, how they evolved, and who you may have come in contact with. The COVID-19 Tracker will help you track your daily health symptoms and share them with health professionals either in-person or through telemedicine when needed.
We’re also working on a feature for the next update of the COVID-19 tracker that will utilize your geolocation data to inform you of any confirmed COVID-19 cases near you as reported by the University of Washington Humanistic Geographic Information Systems Labs. We’ll also be able to pull together the symptom data you track on a map view to give you a better visualization of your symptoms in relation to the outbreaks around you. Stay tuned.
Current statistics from the World Health Organization show that one in five individuals that contract the disease will require hospitalization. Doing our part to slow the spread can ease the burden on our medical system and help our communities get through this period with resilience.
To access the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker, simply download the doc.ai app (if you haven’t already) and visit the research tab.
Together, we can help reduce the spread of the virus.
Stay sane and safe out there. Most of all, stay well.