Quinnipiac symptom checker app released


As a way to keep the Quinnipiac community safe and healthy, a new symptom tracking app has been released today. 

According to a press release from John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations,Quinnipiac University has introduced a free mobile application, ‘QU Symptom Checker,’ to make it easy for students, faculty, and staff to check for symptoms of COVID-19.”

When users first sign up for the app, it will ask them to consent their information and data to be shared with student health services. If someone decides to not consent their information won’t be tracked.

“As part of several measures we have put into place to keep our campus healthy, we have added this symptom-checking app,” Dr. David Hill, professor of medical sciences and director of the Global Public Health program at Quinnipiac said. “We have worked with the developers, MyOwnMed, to tailor the app to our needs, make it easy to use and provide us with key information on a daily basis to stay ahead of any COVID outbreaks.”

The app will allow the University to monitor the symptoms of its users. “The app will help users make informed decisions on what to do if they are experiencing symptoms and includes contact information, key resources,and the latest Quinnipiac updates on COVID-19,” according to the press release.

“Users will be asked if they have any of the following 12 symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19: loss of taste, loss of smell, red/watery eyes, shortness of breath, cough, headache, body aches, sore throat, severe fatigue, fever, vomiting/diarrhea or chills,” as stated by the press release.

If a student has multiple COVID-19 symptoms they will be placed in quarantine or isolation housing and will have a rapid test done, which at the moment has a 24 hour turnaround time for results. 

The Quinnipiac community is encouraged to use the app every day before coming to campus or attending classes.