University introduces QU Symptom Checker app to keep campus community safe

August 31, 2020

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Quinnipiac has introduced a mobile app that makes it easy to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and will be a key way of keeping our Bobcat family healthy and safe.

The QU Symptom Checker delivers three key benefits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Makes it easy for you to monitor your own health based on a daily logging of potential symptoms commonly associated with the virus.

  2. Helps you make informed decisions on what to do if you’re experiencing symptoms.

  3. Provides contact information, key resources and the latest QU updates on COVID-19.

All students, faculty and staff are required to check their symptoms daily using the app, giving the university an important early detection system to help identify possible COVID-19 cases. Users’ personal information is not shared, and only representatives of Student Health Services and Quinnipiac Human Resources will monitor the symptom-tracking dashboard and will direct ill students, faculty and staff on immediate next steps to take. The app only monitors self-reported symptoms; it does not capture any other information from users.

Before going to work or class each day, all students, faculty and staff are required to perform a daily check in, which will ask users if they have any of the 12 symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19:

  • Loss of taste

  • Loss of smell

  • Red/watery eyes

  • Shortness of breath

  • Cough

  • Headache

  • Body aches

  • Sore throat

  • Severe fatigue

  • Fever

  • Vomiting/diarrhea

  • Chills

The symptom checker app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health.

Reporting one or more symptoms does not necessarily mean an individual needs to be tested or has COVID-19. If possible symptoms are reported, specific instructions and next steps will be provided through the app. The information from the app will help the health center identify trends and potential outbreaks before they happen.

Individuals should update their symptoms if they change during the day, and everyone is also asked to monitor for fever daily. A temperature of 100.4℉ or higher is considered a fever.

To download the free app, visit the Apple or Google Play store.

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