By Laura Otto
April 3, 2020
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus disease, chances are you will not receive a laboratory test confirming it because the number of tests is limited nationwide.
Under-detection of the illness leaves health officials without data needed to slow the spread of the illness, said Amy Kalkbrenner, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health.
To address the problem, Kalkbrenner is urging people who feel sick to report their symptoms through a confidential online survey she has developed. Using a smartphone or computer, go to wecountcovid19.com.
The site will collect information on symptoms by ZIP code and day. It is open and free to anyone in Milwaukee – and throughout the U.S.