Researchers in the US have developed a COVID-19 mortality risk calculator to help authorities take preventive measures and administer vaccines based on the different risk levels for individuals and communities. The tool aims to help health authorities prioritize specific groups for COVID-19 vaccination by analyzing the risk factor for individuals and communities. The COVID-19 mortality risk calculation tool was developed by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, including those from India.
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Online risk calculator
The study, published in the Nature Medicine JournalThe tool enables individuals, communities and affected authorities to determine the risk factor by analyzing socio-demographic and pre-existing conditions for the population. The calculator is available online to interested individuals and health officials, allowing users to determine the risk factor based on information such as age, gender, race, and gender, as well as pre-existing conditions within the same community.
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“We customized the tool to produce absolute risk estimates in future time frames by incorporating information on pandemic dynamics at the community level. We applied the model to risk factor distribution data from various sources to estimate the risk for the general adult population in 477 project US cities and for Medicare populations 65 and over in 3,113 US states, “the study says.
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The tool can be useful to health officials in the United States as the country prepares to deploy a COVID-19 vaccine to the masses. The tool is intended to help the authorities identify risk groups and prioritize them for the COVID-19 vaccine. The disease has already killed more than 3.00,000 people in the United States and infected over 16 million. This makes it by far the worst hit country in the world.
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