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  • Aug 17, 2020

GHUCCTS KL2 scholar alumna Dr. Seble Kassaye leads development of confidential COVID-19 symptom tracking tool


Infectious disease expert Dr. Seble Kassaye, associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and former GHUCCTS KL2 scholar, led a team of researchers to develop an online COVID-19 symptom tracking tool. The tool ensures a person’s confidentiality while being able to actively monitor their symptoms.

“Our online system provides a method for efficient, active monitoring of large numbers of individuals under quarantine or home isolation, while maintaining privacy” says Dr. Kassaye in a recent news release from GUMC. Recognizing the urgent need for this kind of technology, the team developed the initial tool in just five days. The team launched the app in March 2020, using 48 medical students as a pilot group. Since then, the team had released a Spanish language version and hope to pursue mobile and voice-activated versions of the tool.

The tracker can be viewed at www.covidgu.org.

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