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Triad doctor launches new app to track COVID-19 symptoms

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The Triad pediatrician who created an app that allows users to browse medical data to see what illnesses are being reported in various communities, and more recently designed Winston-Salem's "Mask the City" face coverings in the early stages of the pandemic, is now out with a new app designed to help business owners and other administrators track COVID-19 symptoms in the people they oversee.

Dr. Bill Satterwhite, the Chief Wellness Officer at Wake Forest Baptist Health, launched 'SneezSafe' in late June. He said it serves as an organized, real-time digital replacement for someone taking each person's temperature before they come into an office building every morning.

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"It is essentially like having a canary in the coal mine to do constant surveys of people," Satterwhite said .

When workers or students sign up for the app, they are required to complete a daily medical survey of COVID-19 symptoms as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They'll be asked things such as if they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, if they have a cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, or persistent chest pain. Depending on how they respond, they will either receive a notification that they have been cleared for the day, or they will be instructed to stop what they're doing and get in touch with a nurse for further consultation.

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Dr. Satterwhite believes this could also be used by public school systems in the state.

"In many cases, it would probably have to be the parents filling it out on behalf of their children," Satterwhite said, adding that this type of daily home screening could help address cases before they spread out of control throughout a school.

This app is not a free download available to the general public. If you would like to learn more, Dr. Satterwhite suggests you email him directly or fill out the form at the bottom of SneezSafe's website.

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