The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a “Coronavirus Self-checker” for people concerned they may have symptoms of the disease as it sweeps through the USA.
The CDC says its bot is to help users make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care and “is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.”
The electronic guide introduces itself as “Clara” on the CDC’s website.
Clara asks a series of questions to establish the level of illness being experienced by the user or the person they are asking questions on behalf of, whether for example they are gasping for air or suffering from shortness of breath.
It also establishes their location within the US, whether they are in a long-term care facility and if they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
Recommendations range from calling 911 immediately to staying at home and calling their health care provider within 24 hours. Clara also points to the relevant state’s health department for further advice.
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