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[UPDATED] Apps, sites you can use to detect COVID-19

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, May 23, 2020  /  04:34 pm
[UPDATED] Apps, sites you can use to detect COVID-19

Those who feel that getting back to their usual routine puts them at risk might want to check out the following applications, which have been developed especially as a means of self-examination and virus mapping. (shutterstock/File)

While some have been working from home for over two months now, others are still required to go to their workplace or travel elsewhere during the pandemic.

The government is planning to let people younger than 45 go back to work outside their homes soon, to curb rising unemployment. 

Those who feel that getting back to their usual routine puts them at risk might want to check out the following applications, which have been developed especially as a means of simple self-examination and virus mapping.

InaRISK, a disaster alert app launched by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in 2017, has been updated to include dangerous areas in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the app, you can examine the health risks that you, your family and your community are exposed to. Check the risk by tapping the menu button, then scroll down on the COVID-19 menu.

The app is available for both iOS and Android and can be used without logging in to avoid data mining.  

Another similar app is Bersatu Lawan COVID-19 (United Against COVID-19), developed by the Communications and Information Ministry for the National COVID-19 Task Force. 

The app offers helpful infographics on the disease as well as options of referral hospitals. It also provides daily updates on the number of cases, recoveries and deaths caused by the disease in Indonesia.

The app requires users to create an account and enter personal data to use imperative features such as self-examination, consultation and the hot spot map.

Read also: Indonesia records 973 new COVID-19 cases as East Java becomes new epicenter

Independent site https://tescovid19.insomarisuksesgroup.com/home.html provides a simple quiz that allows you to self-examine and determine whether or not you need a rapid test.

The quiz can be done in less than a minute and will provide health suggestions based on your answers.

German-Singaporean Tech Company Data4Life, in cooperation with Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has launched a questionnaire-based site to help curb the pandemic. 

CovApp site is now available as open source software for use in Indonesia. It offers a questionnaire that can be completed in under five minutes, providing a thorough assessment of your contacts and symptoms, if any.

When the questionnaire is completed, the site will generate a QR code that can transfer answers to a patient management system. That way, it is expected that waiting periods for on-site consultation will be shorter and can effectively help medical workers.

The site can be used anonymously to protect users’ data. It is also open source and available under the free MIT license, and developers around the world can contribute to make the app more efficient. 

American technology company Garmin is also developing a smartwatch that can identify or monitor the risk of COVID-19 by detecting increases in your heart rate as the first symptoms of the common cold, flu or COVID-19.

On June 9, the Jakarta administration has introduced a new feature to its flagship citizen application JAKI called JakCLM, which allows users to take a health quiz to determine whether or not they need COVID-19 testing at a hospital.

With the help of a COVID-19 Calculator, the quiz will detect if a user is at high risk of COVID-19. They will then get recommendations, along with a swab test schedule if the result indicates a possible infection. The quiz requires users to fill out accurate information.

Additionally, JAKI provides emergency numbers, updates on active cases and recovery numbers. The app can also direct users to health tests as well as a number of referral hospitals.

JAKI is available on Google Play or here.  (gis/wng)

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the latest situation.

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