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Is UAB’s Healthcheck System Effective and Efficient?

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.

The Healthcheck was implemented on Aug. 24 marking the beginning of the school year, in preparation for campus entry amid COVID-19.

“It’s an unprecedented situation. There is no perfect way to go about it,” said Kasey Cameron, a sophomore majoring in biomedical sciences.

Cameron said UAB is doing the best that they can in this situation, but he does not think that the Healthcheck is all that effective, considering that students can lie their way through it.

“In theory it is the best way to make sure campus is safe, as trying to test 14,000 kids would be super inefficient,” Cameron said.

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.

According to the UAB website, failure to report exposure or symptoms of the virus or reporting falsely is referred to the Student Conduct for further disciplinary proceedings.

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.

“I’ve heard of others saying that they only reported that they had a stomachache and weren’t allowed on campus for a while,” Graffeo said, “I think that’s unfair.”

Although the system is not perfect, “If a 30 second checkup every day is what it takes to maintain a safe campus and somewhat normal college experience, people should just do it,” Cameron said.

Edited by Breeze Yancie & Ryan Michaels

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