Think You Have Coronavirus? Use Beaumont's Risk Assessment Tool

WWJ News
March 19, 2020 - 7:03 am

(WWJ) - Think you might have coronavirus? A local hospital system has a free way to help you find out.

Beaumont Health has launched a free online COVID-19 risk assessment tool which allows patients to answer a series of questions about their symptoms and help determine whether to stay home or seek medical attention.

After answering the questions, the online tool will suggest what action a patient should take such as:

  • Contacting a primary care physician
  • Going to a curbside screening
  • Seeking treatment at an emergency center
  • Staying home and monitoring symptoms

"Many people who become infected with COVID-19 can stay home and treat their symptoms with over the counter medication, unless their symptoms become severe," Dr. Nicholas Gilpin, Beaumont Health’s medical director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, said in a statement. "This online risk assessment tool will help our patients better understand what steps they should consider taking if they are not feeling well."

To use the free online risk assessment tool, visit beaumont.org/coronavirus.

In addition, patients should also consider calling Beaumont’s Coronavirus hotline, 800-592-4784, or their physician’s office before attempting to get screened. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911.

"Everyone does not necessarily need to be tested. Most people who become infected with the disease will not experience complications and will recover. They will just need to go home, rest and take over the counter pain medication," Dr. Gilpin said.
 
How you can help stop the spread of COVID-19

  • Stay home when you are sick (fever, cough, upper respiratory infection symptoms)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating, after coughing or sneezing, and after using the bathroom
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe