By Diane Mwai
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UAB’s Healthcheck system has helped ease student’s anxiety about the coronavirus on campus and seems to be working efficiently according to some students but its effectiveness is a different story.
“Everyone I know completes them honestly, and they’re fast and easy to complete,” said Hollis Graffeo, a sophomore majoring in immunology.
UAB Healthcheck is an online assessment tool that allows students, faculty and staff to survey any COVID-19 symptoms that they may be experiencing. Students and employees are required to continue filing the check daily. It is encouraged that if anyone develops new symptoms, that they report it immediately.
Dr. Ray L. Watts said in a faculty town hall meeting two weeks ago, that completing the Healthcheck consumes only a couple of seconds and offers valuable information to ensure safety to students and employees.
When filling out the checklist, students and employees are then given a status—Least Risk, Maybe at Risk or Greater Risk— which gives you procedures on what to do next. After a status is assigned, an electronic passport is given, which works as a key to get into any building around campus according to the UAB site.