It has been almost two weeks since the quarantine in Metro Manila kept everyone from doing their daily routine outside home. However, the ever-rising confirmed cases for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) still continues to surface. Fortunately, a Pinoy-produced application is on the works for detecting infected persons.
Developed by the tech agency, White Widget, the app called FIGHTCOVID is a free self-assessment survey online which could help Filipinos know whether they are exhibiting symptoms of the said virus.
The survey comprises of three pages of questionnaire which are based on the guidelines posted by the Department of Health (DOH). Questions include symptoms felt, recent exposures, and age.
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Although still under works, Andrea Levinge, White Widget’s CEO, says that they are working with DOH who sends them new diagrams upon which they would work at algorithm. Remember, the nature of the virus may change from time to time, so updates must be closely monitored.
Levinge also puts that there were logical inconsistencies in some of the questions in the survey which proves to be a software challenge. She assures that the company is working carefully to ensure a secure handling of information gathered.
The application is self-funded by the team. They were moved to action through the encounter of different COVID-19 experiences from the Filipino people. White Widget’s objectives with this app are to address the lack of test kit supplies as well as the crowded hospital spaces due to copious victims.
Behind the scenes of FIGHTCOVID are doctors from the company and a hundred translators from the country who were willing to volunteer. Levinge comments that she hopes the app to run once the beta version is approved by the DOH. The beta version will soon be available for public testing.
For the meantime, you can connect with the FightCOVID team on Twitter.