There are several online tools and apps to check whether you’ve COVID-19 or not. Some tools claim that they’re efficient while some are not. These tools work based on a pre-programmed set of instructions. What they do is takes a log from the user like age, country, travel history, etc. etc.
But don’t depend on the tools since it only checks with the general symptoms and few others. Even in the apples, the COVID-19 screening website says, “Recommendations provided by this tool do not constitute medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions.” So if you suspect that you have infected, you should meet/call a doctor immediately.
This COVID-19 is the latest disease caused by the coronavirus family. You may hear names like,
1) SARS – (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) named as Bird Fever
2) MERS – (Middle East respiratory syndrome).
These are the previous attacks from the coronavirus family.
COVID-19 stands for,
CO – Corona
VI – Virus
D – Disease
19 – Identified Year
Source: – World Health Organization
According to WHO, the most common symptoms are FEVER, FATIGUE, DRY COUGH. Some may also have a runny nose, sore throat, aches and pains, shortness of breath, diarrhea, etc. etc.
The most useful thing about these tools are, they come with instructions on how to avoid getting infected. Since there’s no specific vaccine or treatments for COVID-19, you should be careful. Generally washing your hands with soap for 20seconds or using alcohol(70%) based rub frequently is necessary. Keep in mind not to touch your face.
Here are some tools/resources you can try.
- Apple COVID 19 screening app and website. Also, by asking from SIRI virtual assistant, ” How do I know if I have coronavirus.”
- CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Verily screening website – Limited regions
- Amazon, Alexa’s voice assistant, can also help.
WHO is currently working on an app, and the app will be named “WHO My Health.”