Schools across the country are reopening again, with both parents and children glad that they can start to return to some semblance of normal educational life.
But that will only happen if children and school staff remain safe and COVD-free. The first step towards that is ensuring that all people eligible for vaccination follow through and get their shots. But vaccination alone isn’t enough. Also important are other measures, including masking and social distancing.
Important as well is that students and staff be given access to free COVID testing and screening. The CDC notes, “Regular testing, along with COVID-19 vaccination, helps protect students, staff, family members, and others who are not currently vaccinated against COVID-19 or are otherwise at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19. Testing programs help keep students in the classroom and allow them to take part in the other activities they love.”
It’s also vital that children are regularly screened via apps for COVID. That’s important because it’s not possible to test all students all the time. A screening program, in which parents and children are asked a series of questions about symptoms, whether they’ve been in contact with anyone with COVID, and so on, goes a long way towards ensuring safe, COVID-free schools.
It’s important, though, that the apps work properly and are always available when needed. You don’t want a screening app to crash, as happened in New York City during the first-day surge of kids returning to school.
An extremely useful and reliable screening app, developed by a leading cardiologist/internist and Alpha Software, helps protect students and staff even as COVID-19 variants emerge. Alpha Software teamed with Warren J. Wexelman, M.D., a cardiologist/internist serving on the front lines of diagnosing and treating COVID-19 patients, to build it.
The app, AlphaMED COVIDCARE, is a mobile wellness app built to help school districts keep schools safe as new variants of COVID-19 quickly emerge and children remain unvaccinated. It adapts to changing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state guidelines. It also incorporates experience from front-line physicians diagnosing and treating COVID patients and combatting new variants.
The app allows schools to certify staff and students daily to safely return to the classroom during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. It enables budget-conscious schools to immediately implement a COVID-19 screening process to meet local reopening guidelines. This app aids schools that cannot build screening centers or cannot staff temperature checks for hundreds of students each morning. Nursery schools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools in the United States or around the world can use the app.
It helps reduce the chances of coronavirus cases coming into private and public schools. It also supports in-person learning environments for the social and emotional well-being of children and teenagers.
Dr. Wexelman explains, “"We’ve done the hard work, so schools have a simple solution for the new school year. The app adapts to changing CDC and state guidelines and helps protect children and staff as schools reopen."
For more details, read, “Back to School COVID-19 Screening App.”