CDC’s New Tool Helps Diagnose COVID-19 Symptoms Without Leaving The House

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The foremost expert agency on diseases and infections has just released a brand-new chat system to help people assess their symptoms and risk factors for the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.

Amid the worldwide pandemic that has changed our lives in countless ways, the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention, CDC, has launched a brand-new intelligent chatbot in partnership with Microsoft.

The new bot, called Clara, is meant to help people get more information about the COVID-19 virus without needing to visit a medical professional. In fact, this bot is supposed to help you decide if you should go visit a doctor based on your symptoms.

The bot cannot officially give you a diagnosis, but it can tell you if you are exhibiting common symptoms of the coronavirus COVID-19 and if you should seek further medical advice from a doctor.

Microsoft says that this new bot will help to “free up doctors, nurses, administrators, and other healthcare professionals” so they can provide more critical care.

The chatbot can then provide links to someone for more information from their local resources and contact information for the nearby health department but it cannot give out information on testing sites.

Already, Clara is answering more than a million questions per day about COVID-19. That number is expected to grow significantly.

You can chat with Clara by visiting the CDC’s website and clicking on “Coronavirus Self-Checker.”

If you are very sick – seek medical attention immediately. 

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.