CDC’s COVID-19 Self-Checker

 In Naturopathic News

Node Smith, ND

The COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming to the healthcare system globally. Many countries are finding it difficult to keep up with increasing infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an online triage tool to assist with this burden. Individuals will be able to use the online tool to make decisions regarding whether or not they need to seek medical care. 

Meet Clara, the CDC’s self-checker and a bot used as triage system

The COVID-19 self-checker has been called “Clara.” Clara is a bot used as a triage system, which will assess disease severity and save time. It is also intended to reduce the burden on the healthcare system, doctors and hospitals. 

Residents in the U.S. are encouraged to use the bot to help determine if seeking medical care is necessary

Residents in the United States are encouraged to use the bot to help determine if seeking medical care is necessary. The way that the bot works is by asking various questions, such as presenting symptoms, underlying medical conditions, and if the person has been in contact with COVID-19. 

Clara also asks questions to determine symptom severity

The bot also asks questions to determine symptom severity, as well as the location of the patient. 

The self-checker can be found here.


Node Smith, ND, is a naturopathic physician in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and associate editor and continuing education director for NDNR. His mission is serving relationships that support the process of transformation, and that ultimately lead to healthier people, businesses and communities. His primary therapeutic tools include counselling, homeopathy, diet and the use of cold water combined with exercise. Node considers health to be a reflection of the relationships a person or a business has with themselves, with God and with those around them. In order to cure disease and to heal, these relationships must be specifically considered. Node has worked intimately with many groups and organizations within the naturopathic profession, and helped found the non-profit, Association for Naturopathic Revitalization (ANR), which works to promote and facilitate experiential education in vitalism.

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