While quarantined in Switzerland and unable to return to San Francisco due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Omar Hashwi enlisted his good friend Dr. Rayan El-Zein and others to join his efforts in an interdisciplinary approach to curb the spread of the virus.
They recognized the need for an Online COVID-19 Screening Service when there were 156,000 cases worldwide, which has now grown to over 1 million cases. The rapid spread of the virus has especially devastated our home state of Michigan in recent weeks.
Together, along with other volunteers, we aimed to make a simple, streamlined, and data-driven tool to help people determine if they are symptomatic and provide actionable advice on who to call and what to do.
This screening is based on the most comprehensive study of COVID-19 and follows the strict guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) and The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The WHO study includes 55,924 confirmed cases in the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019. This study outlined methods of prevention and containment, specific symptoms to monitor, percentage of people who display each of the symptoms and the mortality rate for those with medical comorbidities.