The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Microsoft have created an online self-assessment tool to help people experiencing mild symptoms determine if their illness might be COVID-19. The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help people make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.
The CDC notes the tool is not meant to be used by people with a fever of 100.4 or higher or significant respiratory symptoms. 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.
People should only use the tool if they are experiencing mild symptoms. You can access the tool on the CDC testing website, then click on the button label Coronavirus Self-Checker. A bot named “Clara” will ask a series of questions to determine whether symptoms merit further assessment for COVID-19. Recommendations range from calling 911 immediately to staying at home and calling a health care provider within 24 hours. Clara also points to the relevant state’s health department for further advice.