A Daily Habit to Keep Seniors Safe from COVID-19

SafeSeniors is a COVID-19 risk-tracking service designed to help seniors pre-empt the Coronavirus infection by analyzing medical pre-conditions, social exposure history and the daily trend movement of symptoms.

Designed by RPG Life Sciences and Seniority, the risk assessment logic has been shaped and validated by top doctors with expertise in:

  1. Infectious Diseases
  2. Clinical Pharmacology
  3. Chest Diseases

Who can use the app?

Senior adults, their family members and caretakers can register themselves on the COVID-19 health analyzer to track their daily health condition and stay safe.

Users can register themselves using their mobile number or through their Google/Facebook login ID’s.

How does it work?

On a daily basis users can answer a list of predefined questions that can indicate their current health conditions in order to detect the early onset of COVID-19.

These are simple questions based on the user’s demographics, travel and medical history, risk factors, and symptoms with regard to the disease.

The daily health tracker app will then evaluate shared data on a 5-point risk scale and inform the user about their current condition with regard to COVID-19.

Users are then advised to follow the best course of action, based on the results obtained.

Disclaimer*

1. However, it is important to understand that one must not take any healthcare related actions based on the results, without consulting a healthcare professional or the relevant authorities.

This test does not replace the advice of healthcare professionals or the results of any clinical assessment.

3. We encourage you to share data, but please act responsibly and provide information to the best of your knowledge.

4. This can help play an important role in mitigating the spread of the virus.

FAQ’s

1. What is SafeSeniors?

SafeSeniors is a daily health tracker app developed to assist the early detection of COVID-19 among senior adults and individuals that may be particularly vulnerable to this respiratory illness.

With a focus on the elderly population, the aim is to track an individual’s symptoms based on a 5-point scale with the help of a questionnaire required to be filled on a daily basis.

These questions are based on vital health parameters such as respiratory rate, temperature levels and symptoms of COVID-19, which can help attain essential information concerning the health of an individual.

This health analyzer can help address the challenge of identifying patients with symptoms and those who might be at a higher risk for COVID-19.

2. Who has endorsed the algorithm?

Designed by RPG Life Sciences >> and Seniority, the risk assessment logic has been shaped and validated by top doctors with expertise in the areas of Infectious and Community Diseases, Internal medicine, Clinical pharmacologist, Chest physician and intensivist.

3. Is the application multilingual?

Yes, the app is multilingual (with browser cache based storage for simple language data) to make it accessible and usable in a multilingual/multi-ethnic country like India.

4. How is the application beneficial for senior citizens?

Age brings in several health complications along with reduced resistance to pathogens. Moreover, immunity tends to decline with age, making seniors more susceptible to severe illnesses like Corona.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, medical experts say that older adults and individuals suffering from serious long-term health problems may be particularly vulnerable to this respiratory illness.

The application lets senior citizens analyse their health condition based on their daily symptoms and determine if they are at a high risk of contracting the virus. An individual can seek timely help and save precious hours/days in recovering from the illness.

5. How does it work?

1. On downloading the application, users can register themselves and their family members with their mobile number or through their Google/Facebook login ID’s.

2. Users then have to record their demographic details, recent travel history, social contact history along with their medical history (underlying health conditions) - for themselves and other members they have added in the profile.

3. Once registered, on a daily basis users can answer a list of predefined questions that can indicate their current health conditions. Some of these questions include -

• Body temperature

• Pulse rate

• Respiration rate

• Muscle pain or joint pain

• Sore throat

• Fatigue

• Fever

• Shortness of breath

4. Based on the shared data, the application will assess the information on a 5-point risk scale to inform the user about their current condition with regard to COVID-19.

5. Users are then given instructions about possible next steps and symptomatic patients are advised as to whether they should be tested for the infection or not.

6. This information will also be shared with relevant authorities such as local, state and central government bodies. Access will be granted to the authorities to login and retrieve reports of potentially high-risk candidates.

7. Collected data can then be passed on to hospitals and medical facilities such as laboratories, and other healthcare officials to speed up the identification and isolation of infected patients.

8. This can help identify people who are at high risk for COVID-19, facilitate timely medical intervention and may play an important role in containing the coronavirus pandemic.

6. Based on what guidelines have the questions been prepared?

The questionnaire has been prepared in accordance with the protocols and guidelines shared by the -

• World Health Organization (WHO)

• Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

• Government of India (GOI)

Designed by RPG Life Sciences >> and Seniority, the risk assessment logic has been shaped and validated by top doctors with expertise in the areas of Infectious and Community Diseases, Internal medicine, Clinical pharmacologist, Chest physician and intensivist.

7. What are the types of questions asked in the online assessment?

The questions include -

• Social exposure history

• Travel history

• Medical history

• Basic symptoms (temperature, fatigue, muscle pain or joint pain, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting and more)

• Severe symptoms (difficulty in breathing, chest pain, rapid breathing and more)

• Respiratory rate, blood pressure levels, oxygen saturation and others

8. How is the data shared by the user interpreted?

Based on the shared data, the application will assess the information on a 5-point risk scale to inform the user about their current condition with regard to COVID-19.

The scale is as follows -

• Normal (L0)

• Observe (L1)

• Isolate (L2)

• Test (L3)

• Hospitalize (L4)

9. Will I be able to track the previously analysed data of my health conditions?

Yes, when logged in the user can track older results and statistics of their health condition based on the information shared in the past under ‘User Details’

Under the ‘History section’, one can view the results of a particular day.

10. Can I track the number of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases in a particular area?

Yes, under the ‘Risk Scanner’, a dashboard will showcase the number of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases in a particular area. One can search directly for a particular user or a pincode.

The results of the cases will be displayed based on a 5-point scale as follows -

The scale is as follows -

• Normal (L0)

• Observe (L1)

• Isolate (L2)

• Test (L3)

• Hospitalize (L4)

11. How will the application help us overcome the Covid-19 epidemic?

• As per the data shared by the user, the application assesses the information and gives instructions about the possible next steps. If the user is at a high risk as per the 5-point risk scale, they are advised to be tested

• This real time information will also be shared with relevant authorities such as local, state and central government bodies. Access will be granted to the authorities to login and retrieve reports of potentially high-risk candidates

• Collected data can then be passed on to hospitals and medical facilities such as laboratories, and other healthcare officials to speed up the identification and isolation of infected patients

• This can help identify people who are at high risk for COVID-19, facilitate timely medical intervention and may play an important role in mitigating the spread of the virus

• SafeSeniors can help health officials understand what fraction of the population are carriers, thus allowing authorities to allocate resources efficiently

• Since India’s medical personnel are at the forefront of this pandemic, they are the most vulnerable and exposed to the virus. The app can help lower the burden on local healthcare infrastructure

• Early detection of Coronavirus can save precious hours/days in recovering from the illness

• Ensuring senior safety by promoting social distancing as a health practice

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