Frequently Asked Questions

How were the questions compiled?

The questions are based on information from the CDC and Apple COVID-19 app. You can find more information on the CDC’s guidelines here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html

 

How are the recommendations categorized?

The recommendations are categorized as follows: If the patient reports experiencing symptoms including shortness of breath, the physician will get a recommendation of Consider Sending to the ER. A patient will be identified as Normal Risk if they have no risk factors. Moderate Risk and High Risk patients will have a combination of lower level symptoms and risk factors including their perceived exposure risk. 

 

Each of these risk levels is accompanied by recommended precautions tailored to best protect both patients and staff. These recommendations may include isolation from other patients, mask provision, and further monitoring.

 

Normal: Patient OK to be seen with other patients following rules of social distancing

If Patient answers no to all signs and risk factors

Monitor patient: Consider separating from other patients and giving patients a mask prior to entering facility if patient answers

Anyone of the following 

-Symptoms: fever, new cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea OR

-Headache with history of living in long term facility/working in the hospital/care facility in the past 14 days

-Had exposure to a COVID patient (6 feet away and no exposure to cough/sneeze)

-Lives in a long term care facility/worked in a hospital in the past 14 days

 

Isolate patient: This patient has many signs that indicate high risk of having COVID 19. Isolate, mask and consider testing before treatment

IF

-Symptoms:new/worsening cough with fever, sore throat + fever/ nausea, vomiting, diarrhea with fever/ headache and fever

-live/visited an area where COVID is widespread

-Live with someone with COVID/been in close contact with someone with COVID (less than 6 feet for >10 min)

-Lives in a long term care facility/worked in a hospital in the past 14 days + fever/cough/sore throat/ nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

 

Who are the developers of the COVID-19 Risk Profiler?

 

Arjun Moorthy has developed healthcare-related apps for identifying melanoma and guiding consumers to make smart decisions related to skin cancer called SMART. After entering a ZIP code, the app returns the UV index, precautions you should take, and general health information about that ZIP code,” Moorthy said. “It also reminds you to wear sunscreen daily and to wear a hat. I’ve found that when people get reminders, they’re more likely to do something. In this case, you’re more likely to protect yourself.

Arun Moorthy has also developed healthcare apps focusing on diabetic retinopathy. He built an app, VisionAI, that takes a retinal picture and analyzes if the person has retinopathy. He is also the developer of Virtual Navigator, a wearable device for the visually impaired. He has also completed the bronze level for the Computer Science Olympiad. Arun is currently branching out into quantum computing and more to come on his next development.

Who consulted on the science of the app?

Dr. Aashish Dadarwala is attending faculty at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Health Center and former HIV Specialist at the Ryan Center in New York City.   He has practiced infectious disease medicine as a teaching attending for volunteer medical groups in Peru, Haiti, Guatemala and India.  His love for medicine is combined with his love for teaching.  He finished his training in Long Beach Medical Center in New York where he later returned as a Director of Medical Education for several years.   He is a proud graduate of the Kansas City University of Biomedical Sciences.

 

Who is the app intended for?

This app can be used by any organization that has multiple people coming into their facility and needs screening information in advance. 

 

What are the primary benefits of the app?

The primary benefits of the COVID-19 Risk Profiler include: 

  • Staff can triage people who are likely to transmit the disease before they put others at risk

  • It frees up to staff to focus on their usual tasks, like quality patient or customer care.

  • It reduces staff anxiety when high risk patients can be seen safely in the office

 

How easy is it to implement the app?

Very easy, all you need is an email for someone on your staff to receive the responses.

If you have more questions, please contact covid19.risk.profiler@gmail.com

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