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FAQ: CDC COVID-19 self-checker

What is the COVID-19 self-checker?

The COVID-19 self-checker is a tool that has been created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The self-checker asks users a series of questions about symptoms they are experiencing, and compares those symptoms to a list of documented COVID-19 virus symptoms. At the conclusion of a self-checker session, the platform will recommend next steps to the user, for instance calling your healthcare provider or self-monitoring symptoms.

The tool does not replace a clinical assessment. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, fatigue, or shortness of breath, contact your primary care provider to report your illness and get advice

Will MIT Medical see my response to the COVID-19 self-checker?

The information you share with the self-checker is anonymous and encrypted. It will not be shared with MIT Medical or any other medical provider.

The self-checker told me to stay home and monitor my symptoms, but I am still concerned. What should I do?

The self-checker is designed to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. It does not replace the judgment of healthcare professionals or a clinical exam. If you have concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, contact MIT Medical.

Who will see the information that I share with the COVID-19 self-checker?

The information you share with the self-checker is encrypted. The CDC owns and maintains the tool and does not share any of your personal information with any other entity.