AKU launches online app with amazing features to test COVID-19 at home [Click here to download]

The CoronaCheck app will also contribute to control the burden on the healthcare system and guarantee to care for those most in need.

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The Aga Khan University (AKU) has launched a new mobile application called ‘CoronaCheck,’ which will allow people to reliably evaluate the coronavirus symptoms with an in-home screening tool of the app.

The mobile app also provides guidelines for people to look after themselves if they are having any symptoms of extremely infectious disease.

According to an official statement, the app uses an interactive chatbot, driven by artificial intelligence, which permits users to recognize their symptoms and identify whether they may have contracted the virus or not. The app also intends to detect potential coronavirus carriers and limit their risk of transmission.

AKU Technology Innovation Support Center

The CoronaCheck app will also contribute to control the burden on the healthcare system and guarantee to care for those most in need. It has been mutually developed by the Aga Khan University Hospital, and the AKU’s Technology Innovation Support Centre, TISC, which provided the technological expertise for the app.

The Director of the AKU’s TISC, Saleem Sayani, said, “The coronavirus has placed Pakistan’s healthcare system under tremendous strain with front healthcare professionals already working around the clock. Through the app, we hope to share valuable information that can avert new cases and provide reassurance to concerned citizens during a time of widespread disease.”

The tool used in the app has been approved by the Alberta Health Services and adapted to meet the local context and the growing epidemiology of the disease.

Seeks to tackle Myths and Misconceptions

The app ‘CoronaCheck’ also attempts to tackle myths and misconceptions by featuring educational videos in Urdu, to fight the increasing amount of unverified information circulating on social media platforms.

CoronaCheck also includes factual information on the best practices to protect oneself from contracting the virus, guidance on self-assessment, precautions, and advice on physical distancing recommended by the World Health Organization and national health ministries.

You can download CoronaCheck from the Google Play Store

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