Today, the National Institute on Ageing released myCOVIDVisitRisk, an online decision aid designed by Dr. Samir Sinha and a team of experts to assist individuals, families, and friends in considering the risks associated with visiting with others during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
“Building on the success of previous decision aids recently created by the NIA to help older adults and their caregivers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic-related decisions, there emerged a need to develop a more sophisticated tool to specifically assist individuals, families, and friends in understanding and discussing their risks associated with visiting with others,” said Dr. Sinha, director of health policy research at the NIA.
 
The myCOVID19VisitRisk decision aid has been designed over the past 3 months to provide individuals with a mechanism to assess their level of risk in acquiring and/or dying from COVID-19 during visits. The questionnaire is based on criteria selected and weighted by infectious disease, epidemiology, and occupational health experts, including age, sex/gender, pre-existing health conditions, and visit considerations. Each questionnaire generates an individualized visit risk categorization of low, moderate, or high, along with an individualized score of between 1-100. Each individualized visit risk assessment result is bolstered by general public health information to help the user better understanding the risks associated with visiting with others during the pandemic.

Are you planning to visit family or friends this holiday season? The @RyersonNIA #myCOVID19VisitRisk Decision Aid has been designed to provide you with a mechanism to assess your level of risk from #COVID-19 when visiting with others. Assess your risk today at www.covidvisitrisk.com