Researchers in the United States have developed a COVID-19 death risk calculator to help authorities develop preventive measures and administer vaccines based on differential risk for individuals and communities. The tool aims to help health authorities prioritize certain groups for vaccine against COVID-19 by analyzing the risk factor for individuals and communities. The COVID-19 death risk calculator tool was developed by researchers, including Native Americans, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, said the tool allows individuals, communities and relevant authorities to determine the risk factor by analyzing socio-demographic and pre-existing conditions for the population. The calculator is available online for interested individuals and health officials, which allows 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 adapted the tool to produce absolute risk assessments in future time frames by assimilating information on pandemic dynamics at the community level. We applied the model to data on risk factor distribution from various sources to project risk for the general adult population across 477 U.S. cities and for the Medicare population aged 65 and over in 3,113 U.S. districts, respectively, ”the study said.
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The tool may be handy for health officials in the United States as the country prepares for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccine for the crowd. The tool should help authorities identify high-risk groups and prioritize them for the COVID-19 vaccine. The disease has already killed more than 3,000,000 people in the United States and infected more than 16 million, making it by far the worst affected country in the world.
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