C19check.com Launches to Mitigate Hospital Overcrowding from COVID-19
Created by Emory and Vitaler.com, it will help patients better self-assess to prevent a surge on overburdened healthcare systems
ATLANTA, Georgia - March 20, 2020 - People everywhere now have a free, online way to check their risk of COVID-19 at C19check.com. The Emory Department of Emergency Medicine and the Emory Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response advised the makers of Vital software on designing a tool, available immediately, so the general public can better self-triage before heading to a hospital. The site is for educational purposes and not a replacement for a healthcare provider evaluation.
“We’re all fighting, in ways big and small, to keep our loved ones out of harm’s reach. But the anxiety and uncertainty around the best way to do that can result in crowded emergency departments that will have difficulty managing the surge,” said Dr. Justin Schrager, Emergency Medicine physician at Emory University Hospital and co-founder of Vital. “Our goal with C19check.com is to prevent that from happening, while also making it super simple for people to understand and follow CDC guidelines.”