(WJW) – A new online calculator has been created to calculate a person’s chances of contracting COVID-19 based on different circumstances.
Smithsonian Magazine reports that the calculator was created by a group of friends who created a mathematical model based on the most recent research, including masks, vaccine effectiveness, and current cases of COVID-19 in each county. .
This is called the microCOVID project.
Users submit their county, state, or country, then submit facts about the activity they are considering, such as shopping for groceries or going out to dinner. It also asks questions as if the user will be hidden or inside.
According to their model, a microCOVID is equivalent to a one in a million chance of contracting COVID-19. So, if the calculator results for a certain scenario are equal to 30 microCOVID, that means there is a 30 in a million chance of contracting COVID.
The website, microCOVID.org, states that if a person keeps their weekly microCOVID “risk budget” to less than 200 per week, their total risk in one year is less than a 1% chance of contracting COVID.
“We want to help as many people as possible feel more empowered to make decisions about COVID risk by helping them understand how COVID is transmitted. We hope this tool will help you refine your intuition, reduce your stress levels and find good risk reduction strategies, ”the group said on the website.
A disclaimer is provided on the website which says, in part, “… we are not experts in this subject ourselves. This work has not been scientifically peer reviewed. They ask people using the calculator not to rely on it for medical advice.
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