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Michigan health department launches new tool that evaluates your risks associated with COVID-19

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 13:20:56-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched an anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates someone's risks associated with COVID-19.

CV19 CheckUp in Michigan can be accessed here.

“This tool, which we will make available to all Michiganders, helps individuals understand their risk based on their life situation and personal behavior, and offers recommendations to reduce those risks while also connecting people to services if needed,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency. “And while this tool is available to all residents, it is specifically designed with older adults – age 60 and over – in mind. Older Michiganders represent 24 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 89 percent of confirmed deaths. We are dedicated to keeping aging adults safe and healthy and believe this tool will help older adults stay safer and healthier as cases continue to grow.”

CV19 CheckUp is described as a "critical need for a comprehensive resource that educates, advises and empowers people to protect themselves from COVID-19."

CV19 CheckUp uses artificial intelligence to analyze data each person provides by completing an online questionnaire. It is designed for those who are considered high risk, including older adults, low-income people, ethnic and racial minorities, and LGBTQ communities. The tool’s algorithms are driven by science and medicine, using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is anonymous and does not require a name, email address or identifier of any type.

Upon completion of the anonymous questionnaire, CV19 CheckUp immediately delivers a personalized report. The report answers questions such as:

  • How likely am I to get COVID-19 or spread it to others?
  • If I get COVID-19, how severe would it likely be?
  • Where can I find help to ensure my needs are met during the pandemic?

“CV19 CheckUp was developed to fill an urgent public need,” said Jim Firman, chief innovation officer, BellAge, Inc. “Our team realized that although there are many resources with information about the virus, all of them require a lot of effort by the user. The average person has to spend considerable time on numerous websites, digging through pages of information looking for answers that are relevant to their specific situation. CV19 CheckUp does the work for them. We developed a hyper-personalized tool that makes it easy for anyone to understand their level of risk and take steps to reduce those risks.”