The tool asks a series of questions to create a specific situation
A new online tool helps people calculate their risk of getting COVID-19 based on specific scenarios.
The delta version of the coronavirus has increased the chances of people testing positive, especially those without vaccination, although there are a small number of breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated individuals. Especially in people over 65 years of age.
“While it’s good to know how math works, it can be a little daunting to actually sit down and do it for the activity you’re considering. With that in mind, we developed a calculator tool To help you estimate and multiply individual exposure and activity risk, including any modifiers for safe behavior (such as wearing a mask) to obtain an estimated number of microCOVID from a given activity, read “MicroCOVID Reads a white paper for the calculator.
NS The calculator And its website was developed by a group of researchers who titled their work “The Microcovid Project”.
The tool first asks users in which state or country they are located and then a series of questions are asked to build a specific situation to determine the person’s risk of catching COVID-19.
For example, it prompts users to enter scenarios ranging from a car ride with one person for 15 minutes to a crowded grocery store trip to an indoor party with 25 masked people .
The user is then presented with the following questions: How many people are typically within 15 feet of you at any given time? How close are these people around on average? How long is the activity? What is the risk profile of the other person? Is the setting outdoor or indoor? Is the space ventilated, or is the air filtered?
Based on users’ responses to those questions and state or country-specific COVID-19 data and various studies of the virus, the tool assesses the user’s risk of contracting COVID-19.
For example, if a person is attending an outdoor party with five people who have not been in contact with any COVID-19-positive people and all guests are standing six feet apart, that person’s virus contract risk will be reduced. The risk of contracting COVID-19 will be higher if a person is attending a large party where no one is wearing a mask and it is not clear whether the guests have been in close contact with people at risk of getting the virus.
According to the latest seven-day average, there are 139,897 new positive COVID-19 cases per day in the United States – a 6.6% increase in new cases compared to the previous week. The latest positive case numbers are similar to those the US reported in November of 2020, when states reimposed lockdown measures ahead of the holidays.
More than 90,000 people are hospitalized with the virus, and 1,262 new COVID-19 deaths are being reported every day over the past seven days – a 10% increase from the previous calendar week.
More than half of the entire US population has received a dose of both vaccines, while more than 60% have received at least the first dose.
The states with the lowest vaccination rates include West Virginia, Wyoming, Idaho, Alabama, and Mississippi.
In June, 99.5% of all COVID-19 deaths were of unvaccinated people. The breakthrough cases resulted in a total of 14,115 US deaths, or COVID-19 cases that occurred in vaccinated individuals, and 70% of those vaccinated individuals were over the age of 65. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that no COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective against the virus.