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App helps you determine COVID-19 risk for holiday shopping, events

Posted at 7:46 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 08:50:28-05

TULSA, Okla. — A new COVID-19 risk assessment app is helping people shop safer this holiday season.

As cases continue to rise across Oklahoma, health officials are concerned for another spike after the holiday weekend. The new MyCOVIDRisk app is allowing people to know the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their area before shopping.

Whether traveling or shopping before Christmas day, the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19 is concerning health experts near and far.

“We’ve had a big spike in cases in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Dale Bratzler, chief medical officer for OU Medical Center. ”Our number of patients in the hospital is the highest it's ever been.”

That’s why researchers at Brown University created the MyCOVIDRisk app using state and local data provided to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The app works by:

  • entering the zip code for your destination,
  • what activity and the duration time you will be there,
  • how many people will be there,
  • and the percentage of people wearing a mask

The app then calculates your risk level from low to very high risk of COVID-19 spread.

Visit the MyCOVIDRisk app website by CLICKING HERE.

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